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Offline toby.purnell

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Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« on: June 01, 2022, 01:01:21 AM »
As i purchased a Crack with Speedball kit yesterday and am waiting for it to arrive now, i have began questioning the best methods on connecting it to my PC.
So far, i have a Fiio K5 pro which i have been using only and from what i have gathered, i can connect this to the Crack (PC, Fiio, then Crack) by a USB from the PC to the Fiio and RCA-RCA to the Crack as i believe the K5 pro can be used as a DAC only.
Would it be a good idea to connect my Crack in this way and would it sound good? Or is it best i purchase a dedicated DAC to replace the Fiio or do i then pair either of them with a preamp between? I have only ever used what i currently own so I have not much experience on this topic.

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Offline Paul Birkeland

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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2022, 03:57:34 AM »
I think using the K5 as a DAC would be a good place to start.
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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2022, 04:09:54 AM »
Alright, I'll use that then.
What about for the future? Is there any DACs you specifically recommend with the Crack which are also a good value? Im going to be using my hd600s most of the time.

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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2022, 04:27:47 AM »
That is something most easily evaluated at a HeadFi meet or buy borrowing/swapping equipment with a coworker or friend.
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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2022, 06:03:22 AM »
I have PC --usb--> Schiit Modi --RCA--> Crack. It works quite nicely. I think (in my limited experience) the Modi is good value for the money.
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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2022, 09:49:29 AM »
Thank you! I will take it into consideration and do some more research on the topic. cheers

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Re: Connecting DAC to amp suggestions
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2022, 01:12:03 PM »
After some research, I think a Topping D10s would be a good fit. It seems to be similar to DACs above its price and i don't need any extra features within it so it will be good for what i will use it for :)
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