I have Drop + THX AAA 789 amp with Sennheiser 6xx headphone (I’m planning to add studio speakers as well in near future) and i wanted to get a DAC for it.
I have a hard time choosing one. Here is my shortlist:
Airist Audio R-2R
Schiit Bifrost 2
I know price points don’t match that well but I’m like willing to go extra if there is a night and day (or close to night and day) difference.
I really appreciate it if you could help me with pros and cons of this combo.
the Bifrost 2. the THX amp is clinical and while the Airist is the least expensive R2R, I’ve been told it comes with a lot of corners cut to get that low, so saving up for a better R2R from Soekris or Denafrips would be best. Loxjie is still a bargain basement budget brand to me, so ymmv.
Hmmm. I see. One good thing about Loxjie is that it comes with Bluetooth.
I found another DAC to compare. Do you think Bifrost 2 is better or the SMSL DO200? one of my friends told me about SMSL but i have my doubt. Because i heard good things about Schiit products before but not SMSL. Im sure its good but i want your opinion on this as well.
not necessarily the same YMMV but imo if you run a $600 dac with a $200 amp you’re being held back by the amp
I tried to a/b a $500 dac vs my usual $200 dac’s when I still had my 789 and only noticed a minimal difference
I see, so what do you suggest for $200-300 range DAC? I was thinking maybe Modius (as of now its out of stock on their website so it takes 4-6weeks to arrive).
Is there any good DAC with Bluetooth capability in this price range too or not?