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Amp/Dac Combo's. How do?

Hi Guys,

 

Firstly Merry Christmas, I've received some HiFi Man 400i's for Christmas and very happy with them but I need to invest in an audio solution to use them. I have some Sound Sticks III for H&K and not sure what device I need where I can plug both them and the headset in. and just switch over when I need them.

 

Sorry for the silly question. But I'm really out of my area in this knowledge zone. 

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Whats your budget? Where will you be buying from, Amazon?

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Hi, Thanks for getting back. Yes, it mainly will be Amazon in the UK. I'm not against ordering from other websites if you're aware of some good ones.

 

Thanks 

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2 hours ago, Mrcrysis2000 said:

Hi Guys,

 

Firstly Merry Christmas, I've received some HiFi Man 400i's for Christmas and very happy with them but I need to invest in an audio solution to use them. I have some Sound Sticks III for H&K and not sure what device I need where I can plug both them and the headset in. and just switch over when I need them.

 

Sorry for the silly question. But I'm really out of my area in this knowledge zone. 

you plug the speakers in the back of the computer where it says speaker, then plug the head phones in at the front where it says headphone.

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2 minutes ago, Ahoy Hoy said:

you plug the speakers in the back of the computer where it says speaker, then plug the head phones in at the front where it says headphone.

Yes, this is one way to resolve the issue the OP has, though whether the onboard audio output for the HE400i would be loud enough for OP's need. I just realized that OP had stated 'I can plug both them and the headset in', so that makes 3 devices (the HE400i, HK Soundstick III and a headset), did I get this right, OP? What's your primary focus for this setup......gaming or music appreciation?

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3 hours ago, GamerDude said:

Yes, this is one way to resolve the issue the OP has, though whether the onboard audio output for the HE400i would be loud enough for OP's need. I just realized that OP had stated 'I can plug both them and the headset in', so that makes 3 devices (the HE400i, HK Soundstick III and a headset), did I get this right, OP? What's your primary focus for this setup......gaming or music appreciation?

Correction. There are only 2 Devices to be connected. One is the 400i's and the other is the HK III's. I'm running them currently through my old Asus Xonar DX on a Z97 (Pretty sure that information is irrelevant but just making sure) Which I feel is just lacking the power the 400i's need. The HK III's manage and sound great through them. But I'm not sure how can upgrade my audio setup currently. To provide a powerful and also seamless experience. Gaming will be the main focus from CS:GO to Smite and other fast-paced action games. The budget would be around £300 ish happy to go higher if the convenience or end result is there.

 

Thanks again.  

 

(Edit: Grammar) 

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Planar headphones really just want a lot of power and a low output impedance. A schiit stack (modi 2 and magni 3) would be pretty good and you would be able to use the stack for many years.

 

I can't say if it is worth it for you, but it would be a good entry level DAC and amp.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

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DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

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