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I've made things complicated by wanting too much  😄  A good hp amp that also has a DAC with balanced and unbalanced outs. Schiit Jutenheim and Cambridge Audio Dac Magic Plus both have what I need but I read pretty scary SQ reviews about the Cambridge and the Jutenheim apparently sounds good but so many QC issues with Schiit... and the Jutenheim tends to run hot enough that you should turn it off as soon as you're done using it. And powering back on takes 10-15 seconds? 

Is there anything else in the $600 or less price range? Should I just give up on the idea of getting everything I want in one box?

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Granted I read many, probably too many, reviews about any device that came close to meeting my needs but I found about a dozen comments from people about QC issues. In most cases Schiit quickly replaced or refunded. Unless there's an abundance of complaints I'd be inclined to ignore it but there were a lot of complaints.

In one fairly in-depth review (Zeos) a comment about heat caught my attention. I live in California where we're a little paranoid about fires these days. 

Another caveat- some of the complaints were on Reddit-- where people go to wallow in negativity 😄 

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Have you considered ifi Audio? They have a wide range of DAC’s with hp amps. Also have a good reputation for quality products at reasonable prices, similar to Schiit.

Eric


Ubuntu Studio Linux box (i7-9700, 8 cores, 16GB RAM, Intel X520-DA1 NIC, Roon, HQP) > fiber optic > MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+ > fiber optic > opticalRendu (HQP NAA) > Holo Cyan (DSD version) > Nord One UP NC500MB mono blocks > Klipsch La Scala — digital volume control with HQP via Roon client, DSP with HQP convolution engine

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Thanks for the links and suggestions. I got really excited when I saw the Pro iDSD because it does everything and more but the price is over $2k so no go :( 

Nad is close but I think it's got some stuff I don't need and missing the outputs I hope for.

Yeah, the balanced outs are the problem. Looks like I'm going to go with a headphone amp and a separate DAC most likely. Or the Jutenheim or Cambridge DAC Magic. Or or or

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On 10/30/2020 at 3:28 PM, Ed Rogers said:

 

Found the motherload over at Shenzhen Audio:

Topping DX7 Pro 

Topping DX7S 2*

Topping D70

Dart Yulong Aquila II

Singxer SDA-1

 

 

 

New ifi Audio NEO iDSD for $699.

Eric


Ubuntu Studio Linux box (i7-9700, 8 cores, 16GB RAM, Intel X520-DA1 NIC, Roon, HQP) > fiber optic > MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+ > fiber optic > opticalRendu (HQP NAA) > Holo Cyan (DSD version) > Nord One UP NC500MB mono blocks > Klipsch La Scala — digital volume control with HQP via Roon client, DSP with HQP convolution engine

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Yeah that looks really really good. But I made the call already and got a Topping DX7 Pro and beautiful music is playing as I type this :D

It's a crazy hobby... There are about a million choices for every little thing to build your setup. It's a great time to be into this stuff. 

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