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Monoprice $96 is a 2 input switch (RCA and USB), headphone amp, USB input DAC, and a stereo preamp.
(TT > phono stage preamp) + (computer USB out) > Monoprice > KRK Rokit 6s
I use a simple monoprice dac/amp and it does a great job of driving my HE-4xx with zero noise floor or distortion. My galaxy s9 can get the 4xx reasonably loud as well. It doesn't sound quite as good as out of a dedicated amp, but the 400i and 4xx aren't really portable headphones anyway, so I do all my listening at my desk.
Hello, this might sound dumb and simple but the wired side goes on the left side of your head that might be why the switched audio. I'm not trying to call you dumb or anything but I've definitely at least once just picked up my DT900s and had them backwards. And as far needing an amp, that's gonna be based on your personal preference. If the headphones get loud enough for you then you should be good for the time being. If you want to get an amp I'd suggest this monoprice headphone amp. You can connect it with rca cabls or just through usb to your computer.
Unfortunately, it's way to expensive to ship to canda. is this a good one?
No, that would not work. The two inputs are RCA inputs, which only carry a single channel of audio. They do not carry a stereo signal like TRS jacks do. What you would need is something like this:
That has a USB connector to allow for a digital input, an RCA input that you can use an adapter cable to allow for an analog input, and a headphone output to plug in your headset. The other RCA jacks are for the DAC output if you ever add a nicer amp to your setup or for a preamp output that you could feed into a power amplifier for larger speakers, so they are not needed for your setup. For the USB, you would plug in the amp and set your output device to the amp in settings, and then the DAC inside will take the digital signal and convert it into a usable audio signal. If you want to look at other options, look for USB in and Line in on the device to ensure that it will work for your needs.
I just bought the Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amp for my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm headset.
The dB knob goes from -90dB to 0dB, is there an ideal spot for this? I just use it for music/gaming.
So a decent headphone amp and DAC with prep it’s for powered speakers? Other than those and the Monoprice desk amp, not that a I know of, I’d go with the Fulla.
Edit: pre outs not prep its
One of the least expensive combination DAC/amps for the HD600 would be the Monoprice desktop amp.
If you aren't having issues now with your computer audio, like hiss or humming, you might get by with just an amp for the present time. In that case, get the Schiit Magni 3.
How good is the Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier ? I'm looking into getting audiophile headphones soon and dont want to spen too much on a dac and amp. Will this drive power hungry headphones and still sound good?
So this amp is what you're recommending? Will it be good for gaming and such? Thank you!
Speaking strictly functionality, that is what I want... but it's hideous. Lol. Thank you for the recommendation.
I think I'm leaning towards something along these lines but I still have to plug and unplug the headphones. At least it would be on top of the desk.
Like this guy?
I'm wondering if I need something in between as far as features go, as I'm realizing that I'd really like to be able to run a basic microphone input through the device as well. Just a 1/8" or 1/4" type connection, nothing fancy like the XLR connections. Wouldn't ever be used for anything more than online voice communications.
Currently I have this amp and I'm getting interference through the AUX cables and not the usb side. Is there a different amp that has multiple USB channels?
I'm confused...The Monoprice is also available with prime, just not as cheap
There are a few right at the $100 mark that will work with the HD 600. Schiit Magni 2 or the Objective 2 (Mayflower Electronics) are $99 plus shipping. These two are just amps, you'd have to use the DAC in your current player/computer.
The Monoprice Desktop Amp/DAC is slightly less.
Yup those need an amplifier.
They are actually very hard to drive.
Target Headphone Loudness 110,0 dB Sound Pressure Level:
Power Required 66,19 milliwatts
Voltage Required 2,8184 Volts RMS
Current Required 23,49 milliamps rms
A Monoprice Desktop Amplifier is the absolute minimum to properly power them.
Ah yea sorry I didn't notice that you only wanted closed lol. Well the best DAC/Amp (that is also cheap) I can think of is the Monoprice one.
The reason this thing is better than most cheap dac amps is because it's not USB powered. So it might not be the best solution for a semi-portable set up, but I think it's good if you really need a DAC/Amp.
E10K is what I'd recommend, because it should have the power to drive any headphones you get, since some models have a 600-ohm impedance which need a load of power to use. The E10K can drive any future headphones you get just fine. The alternative to that is the Monoprice version which has even more power but can cost a little more.
The E12 is designed for portable use so I can;t guarantee it'll every headphone you get.
Hmmmm, looking at the Fiio E10K on Amazon after I made my last post and saw that instead of the normal $74.99 it sells for, it's now listing at $99. (I am hoping this is a temporary price jump).
The Monoproce Dac/Amp combo is $79.00 and gets some good love. It Might be worth a look.
I would highly recommend buying a dedicated external headphone amplifier for the HD600. They have a very high impedance between 300~560 Ohm. That makes them too demanding for smartphones, laptops and almost all desktop PCs. The cheapest solution to get the most out of the HD600 is the Monoprice Desktop Amplifier. There are of course many more options available, but they'll also cost you more than $100
I couldn't find what your talking about unless its this [link] if so, do you know of a good dac to pair with this amp and that plays well with bose Soundtrue headphones?
then the Monoprice Desktop Amplifier is your best friend.
*edit: The Amazon price is a little higher than normal IIRC, maybe you can find the item cheaper if you directly order from the monoprice page.
Hi all - I'd like to buy this dac/amp: [link]
I currently have the athm50s, and a pair of KRK rokit 6s. I may upgrade soon to a pair of headphones that necessitate an amp.
First, will I be able to use this equipment with that dac/amp? I assume the headphones will be fine, but the krk's have an amp. Will plugging the krk's into the pre out be ok? I heard that you can't send an amped signal into the krk's because they have their own, and doing so would break the speakers.
Second, will plugging the dac/amp be in anyway detrimental to my gear? Will music sound worse? (I listen to jazz, classical, and hip hop, but I doubt it would make a difference what a listen to in this case)
Thanks so much for any help. You can probably tell I'm pretty new.
Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier is $74.99, normally $98.56. There are comments elsewhere in this thread talking about quality and performance.
Head-Fi discussion thread:
Phono stage preamps besides the Art DJ Pre II:
Audio Guides, Speaker Wire, Accessories and Vinyl Care
Many headphone amps have pre-outs on the back to connect to an amp or powered speakers. Turntable > headphone amp > Edifiers. Plug in headphones or remove the headphones and the signal continues on to the speakers.
JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 analog input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $83 has a switch between analog input and a USB input DAC to use with a computer.
Headphone Amp: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $83 also has a USB DAC to use with your computer.
Cheaper options, no pre out to connect to a speaker amp or powered speakers:
The Hitatchi has Tape Out to connect a headphone amp so you can continue to use the built in phono stage preamp. If the headphone amp does not sound any better to you then return it. If the headphone amp does sound better than consider a separate phono stage preamp that many sound better and will be much smaller than the Hitachi.
Starter headphone Amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $99, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 adds a switch to a USB input DAC to use with your computer.
Setup guide: Turntable, Phono Preamp, Amp or Receiver, Speakers
Audio Guides, Speaker Wire, Speaker Stands and Placement, Accessories and Vinyl Care
Get the headphone amp. Don't bother with one of the few powered speaker options with a headphone jack. Another option is a stereo or AV receiver or integrated amp with a headphone jack and a pair of passive speakers. However if you will be using headphones more than speakers or have better than entry level headphones a headphone amp is a better option then the stepped down speaker amp.
More $99 headphone amp option are JDS Labs Atom that has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark, or Monoprice that adds a switch to a USB input DAC to use with your computer.
JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $99, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 adds a switch to a USB input DAC to use with your computer.
Turntable > RCA cable > headphone amp input > headphone amp pre output > RCA cable > powered speakers. Plug in headphones into the headphone amp and it cuts the signal to the speakers.
Many headphone amps have preouts, some don't. The line level signal from a turntable with built in phono stage preamp just passes through the headphone amp. The preout output connection on the back of the headphone amp is line level, same as connecting the powered speakers directly to the turntable with a built in phono stage preamp.
The headphone amp can also act as a passive stereo preamp to control the volume of the powered speakers. Set speakers to lowest volume, set the headphone amp to max volume, play the turntable, set the speakers to the highest volume you need, then you can use the headphone amp to control the volume down or back up.
A few headphone amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $83 adds a switch to a USB input DAC to use with your computer.
For headphones you can browse r/headphones and ask for recommendations at r/HeadphoneAdvice.
Turntalbe with built in or external phono stage preamp > headphone amp > headphones. Or most all receivers have a headphone jack or some mini speaker amps or powered speakers have headphone jacks.
Headphone amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 also has 2 input switch to the turntable or the USB input DAC to use with your computer.
A bit nicer than the hollow plastic LP120X are solid MDF plinth turntables with belt drive for noise isolation:
Phono stage preamp for the RT82 or C10: Technolink or Art DJ Pre II.
Or for any of the turntables a phono stage preamp and basic headphone amp in one unit plus bass and treble controls: Bellari PA550.
Headphone Amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 also has a USB input DAC to optionally also use with your computer. They all have RCA preout connection on the back to connect and continue the signal to the speakers when the headphones are not plugged into the headphone amp.
LP3 > Headphone amp > Edifier powered speakers.
Or if you are planning a speaker upgrade most stereo or AV receivers or integrated amps and some compact amps have a headphone jack however the dedicated headphone amp is usually a better option if you have mid to high end headphones.
Headphone Amps to go between the turntable and speakers: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 also has a USB DAC to use with your computer.
The $100 Edifiers are good for the $100 AT-LP60X however for a $300 turntable consider a $300 speaker upgrade or around $150 for a used stereo receiver and used speakers.
Audio Guides, Speaker Wire, Accessories and Vinyl Care.
Ask r/HeadphoneAdvice after browsing r/headphones.
Do you already have a receiver or amp or powered speakers that have a headphone jack? If not then you will need a headphone amp. Or a Bluetooth transmitter if going with wireless headphones.
Atom Amp has a 2 input switch to switch between the turntable and computer. Optionally add a USB input Atom DAC for your computer.
Monoprice has a 2 input switch and a built in USB input DAC for your computer in addition to the analog input for the turntable.
If you are listening with headphones then first get a headphone amp to take your computer out of the chain.
AT-LP60X > headphone amp > headphones.
Monoprice has a built in USB input DAC for your computer in addition to the analog input for the turntable.
Then add speaker amplification and speakers. For both the turntable and computer on a desk or for just the turntable for room listening? What is your speaker budget? Is there also a TV in the room to also use in the setup? What is a nearby town or zip to search for used options?
Then upgrade the turntable.
If you want a Pro-ject:
Headphone Amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $99 also has a USB DAC to use with your computer. They all have pre-outs to continue the signal on to your powered speakers when the headphones are not plugged in.
The speakers don't have a volume control to play at low volumes? What model of everything in your setup? I assume you are not double pre-amping if it sounds ok.
A headphone amp and then a better phono stage preamp.
Headphone Amps: JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $96 has a USB input DAC built in for connecting to your computer. Sabaj Audio PHA2 $59 when back in stock.
Phono stage preamp: U-turn Pluto 2 $99 new improved version.
Connect between the turntable and speakers.
Yes, JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Monoprice $96 has a USB DAC built in to also use with your computer, or the Sabaj Audio PHA2 $59 when back in stock.
Magni is not junk and is more than sufficient for the SR60. JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Monoprice $96 has a USB DAC built in to also use with your computer, or the Sabaj Audio PHA2 $59 when back in stock.
The headphone amp build into entry level turntables is not very good and probably a $2 part. Connect a headphone amp to the turntable. JDS Labs Atom $99 has a 2 input switch and 2 gain settings, Liquid Spark $109, Schiit Magni $99, Monoprice $97 is also a DAC for your computer, Sabaj Audio PHA2 $59, Behringer Microamp HA400 $24.
Also check out r/HeadphoneAdvice.
[link] this one, thanks for the suggestion. My PC doesn't have RCA inputs, would any RCA to 3.5mm work?
thinking maybe i would grab this regardless and if the headphones are OK without it i'll just return?
am i correct that this amp would work, hook the headphones 1/4 trs into the front, then RCA to the output. Using an RCA cable to TRS (ur28m headphone jack is a TRS 1/4")
It's not the same stuff as this ? Monoprice 111567 Desktop Headphone Amplifier [link]
What are you planning on driving with it? I have a Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amp (111567), if you're interested.
Ah, my bad. Don't know why you're getting downvotes instead of me....
Is Monoprice available to you? There are a number of devices like this on Amazon US:
Okay, found some mix-and match pieces that will do the same thing for less:
This headphone amp has multiple inputs and pre outputs for your speakers:
Connect your PC to the USB inputs.
Connect your speakers to the pre outs.
Unplug your headphones to use the speakers.
Switch between the TV and PC with the front toggle switch.
Connect your TV from the digital optical out to the aux in with this adapter:
You'll need cables: a toslink cable from the TV to the D03, an RCA-3.5mm cable from the D03 to the 111567. A USB A to USB B (large) (also known as a USB printer or device cable) from your PC to the 111567. Maybe a 3.5mm adapter for your headphones. Whatever cables your speakers use to connect to RCA jacks.
Grab the Monoprice amp from Newegg. $100ish. Great sound for price, mine died fast, but I'm in the minority there.
Grab a Modmic. $60ish. Absolutely fantastic.
And, the headphones themselves..... HD 599s. Decent price, good sound, absolutely atrocious looks. And a removeable cable.
You can upgrade all of this (except the modmic, that's basically perfect) for even better, but there's a good start.
I'm currently working on sourcing and testing all the "external sound cards" I can get my hands on (i.e., DAC/AMP with mic pass-through) but I don't have full data there yet.
Nice! was looking for either the monoprice one a friend told me it was great for the price, or the O2 from massdrop.
Instead of getting a sound card just get a DAC.
Much much much better sound and analog volume controls.
Do you mean this? [link]
or this one?
It isn't universally loved around here: [link]
The Monoprice desktop amp might be a better choice.
not sure I got this one and I like it [link]
Hmm, I'm not sure I'm really recommending it as much as letting you know that it exists. :) There are a few reviews of it on the net, including a rambling one from ZReview. [link]
Here it is at Amazon.
which one's better?
would this be able to drive them: [link]
You can find it cheaper but this is what I got
Monoprice 111567 Desktop Headphone Amplifier [link]
Would it be a good idea to pick up something along the lines of the Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier for the HE400i?
Pro tip: Never buy a product that is marketed to gamers.
Start with a Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier.
Then pick headphones to suit the rest of your budget and preferences. My personal preference are the Philips SHP9500's.
> Monoprice DAC/Amp.
Are you talking about this?
Bought the Soundmagic HP150 and Monoprice Desktop Amp/DAC combo off of Z's recommendations.
I had the Sennheiser HD598 along with the AKG Q701 before I found Z's YouTube channel but hey, hearing what he had to say about the headphones was still cool.
Maybe consider Monoprice DAC/Amp or FiiO E10K if you need USB input. If you can use coax or optical, SMSL SD793 is a decent budget option.
Okay so I think that instead of the SD 793ii (ill return it) I'm getting the monoprice DAC and headphone amp, It seems like it would solve all of my problems, but I just cant seem to find the smsl-50 in a black finish anywhere....anyone have suggestions for something other then the SMSL at around the same price point in black finish? Or I could just get a cheap stand alone DAC for the signal coming out of my computer and buy This headphone amp. I will be listening to both my Turn table and Mac Pro Tower through the system.
Edit: words and stuff
> Monoprice Desktop Amp/DAC
Over the internal soundcards?