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5. Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

  • The MB42X is a demonstration of our designers’ love for the classic compact bookshelf speaker. Handsomely styled with simple contours and modern design cues, the MB42X is easy to place and blends into any room or decor. Its enhanced audio capability makes it a great fit with a wide range of usage scenarios, including living room stereo, home theater surround sound, office background music, or computer desktop sound.
  • Compact ported enclosure houses a balanced woven carbon fiber woofer delivering enhanced transient and impactful bass, and a high performance silk dome tweeter for smooth treble and accurate imaging. Highly optimized 18dB crossover with Zobel network and baffle step compensation yields a transformed sound signature that is incredibly open, balanced, and dynamic.
  • Magnetic front grill system is easy to take off and put on. Leave them off for an ultra clean front baffle with no grill holes to show off the incredibly handsome drivers. Full size 5-way binding posts provide the full complement of speaker wire connectivity options. Hex screws are used throughout for assembly.
  • Home Trial, Satisfaction Guaranteed - Listen for yourself, try them in your home with your music. Place the MB42X along a wall or near a corner of the room for best results. They can be used on desks, book/wall shelves, or on speaker stands.
  • Specifications: Woofer: 4" Carbon Fiber, Rubber Surround; Tweeter: 0.75" Silk Dome; Crossover: 18dB/Octave; Enclosure: Ported; Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz; Impedance: 4-8 Ohms; Sensitivity: 85dB 1W/1M; Power Handling: 75 Watts (Each); Dimensions: 9.5" (H) x 5.8" (W) x 6.5"
Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)
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20. BRAINWAVZ Angled Ear Pads for ATH M50X, M50XBT, M40X, M30X, HyperX, SHURE, Turtle Beach, AKG, ATH, Philips, JBL, Fostex Replacement Memory Foam Earpads & Fits Many Headphones (See List), Pro Black

  • Angled design for greater comfort and sound quality. Replacement earpads made with made with high quality memory foam.
  • EAR PAD REPLACEMENTS FOR OVAL HEADPHONES: Our state-of-the-art replacement ear pads are designed for comfort, suitable for ATH M50, M50x and Brainwavz HM5 and many other oval headphones. See below for list of compatible models and dimensions of earpads.
  • COMFORTABLE ON-EAR PLACEMENT: Relax in comfort with Brainwavz replacement ear cushions. They fit comfortably on your ear without distorting sound. Savor the notes with clarity and comfort.
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  • SUITABLE FOR BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Audio Technica ATH M50, ATH M50X, M50XBT M30X MSR7NC, A900X, AD900X, 900, M40x, R70x, BPSH1, M40FS, PRO700, AD700x. AKG K551, K553. Shure SRH 440, 840. Takstar HI 2050, Pro 80. Ultrasone HF 580. Sony MDR-ZX770BN, MDRRF985RK, MDR-V700, V900, MDR-1A, MDR-RF6500. Fostex T50RP T50, th-x00, T40rp, 20RP MK3, Monoprice 8323 & Many More - Check the dimension chart & video!
BRAINWAVZ Angled Ear Pads for ATH M50X, M50XBT, M40X, M30X, HyperX, SHURE, Turtle Beach, AKG, ATH, Philips, JBL, Fostex Replacement Memory Foam Earpads & Fits Many Headphones (See List), Pro Black
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u/Lyzerfex · 1 pointr/ZReviews

If you want portability, the the Cyrus Soundkey or Audioquest Dragonfly red are your options. I use the Soundkey, and it's brilliant. The soundstage and clarity is vastly improved. Then again my daily drivers are the Audio-Technica ATH M40X. For a DAC + amp, then the Teac AI-101DA. It's a bit pricy, but however it's a good DAC amp. I don't have it, but I have heard mostly positive reviews on it, also Zeos, our legend, has reviewed it himself. If you are on a tight budget, well the FiiO - E10K Olympus, has got you covered. It's a really good amp+DAC for the money. A lot of positive reviews. If you are gaming, the Senhiser GSX 1000 is there. What I she said in here are the best in each section.


Cyrus Soundkey:

Audioquest Dragonfly red:

Senhiser GSX 1000:

Teac AI-101DA:

FiiO E10K Olympus:

By the way. If you want, buy a fucking pair of Audio-Technica ATH M40X:

Zeos found the M40X'S brilliant.

I hope I helped you out, if you have any queries, reply to this comment. Good luck in finding what you want.

u/givemeyournews · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

My Encore mDac has been working intermittently as of late. I have the pleasure of listening to headphones for about 6 hours of my work day, so having a DAC/Amp combo at my desk is nice. However, with a 4 week old baby, my budget was super limited. I came across the Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 and decided to give it a try. It checked all the boxes. Cheap ($37). No driver install needed (work computer, can't install anything). Enough power (100mw) to drive my IEMs and more sensitive over ears. USB only power.

Full specs can be found here

The unit features variable line outs, top mounted volume knob, optical out, coax digital out, usb in (for power and signal), mic input, 3.5mm input, 3.5mm headphone out, and 1/4" headphone out (both headphone outputs work simultaneously.

The unit has indicator lights to show what signal is being received (96, 44, or 44.1), and an indicator light of sorts that flashes with the music, that comprised of a red and blue LED. Kind of neat.
The unit also features a hardware EQ that includes a 7db (yes, 7db!) treble boost, a direct no EQ option, and a 7db bass boost. The hardware EQs are a bit much for me, and I find I leave the unit set to direct most of the time. However, there is one expectation. I have set of custom reshelled Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10's, and in the process, the treble took about a 6db drop. So, for that one set of CIEMs, the treble boost is just right. However, that is a pretty oddly specific scenario, and I would imagine most people won't want to use the hardware EQ.

Of note, the device is always on, as there is no power switch. The volume knob has the most minute channel imbalance as the absolute lowest setting. And, there is an uncomfortable audible crackle / pop when plugging in sensitive headphones to the 3.5mm headphone out. All be it, it doesn't seem to be enough to damage anything.

I have successfully used the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp with my Chromebook, MacBook Air, and my Windows 7 work PC. I have not tried it on a Windows 10 device, but after scouring the Amazon “reviews” it seems that it may not play nice with all Win10 installs so YMMV. As the unit is not battery powered, it won’t work with mobile devices.

When compared head to head with my Encore mDac, the Syba Sonic unit sounds a tad better. The bass is a bit fuller and the treble has just a hair more sparkle. Detail representation is on par, if not better than anything in this price range. All in all, for $37 I am super pleased with the purchase. I love the design with the volume knob on top. And the fact that the RCA outs are variable makes this a great option for those that want a budget option to use with powered monitors.

I have run the unit, as mentioned, with my CIEM reshelled TF.10's, as well as with my UM3X, Fischer Audio FA-003 wooden cup over ears, NAD VISO HP50's, AKG K7XX, and handful of other mid-range to lower IEMs. I did find that it struggled a bit to run the K7XX with any authority, but all the other headphones / IEMs I have tried have worked just fine. The only other negative is that, with the volume knob at full tilt, there is an audible hiss on most sensitive headphones (read: 32ohm and below).

I would recommend this unit for anyone with a tight budget that wants a somewhat feature rich DAC/Amp. It would also make a great external sound card thanks to the mic input.

u/fgoncalves97 · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Aune's had some problems with the community lately and their prices don't fluctuate often. You can grab the O2 + ODAC combo w/ jacks on massdrop for around 200$ when they drop. I wouldn't go for the JDSlabs ones, kind of expensive. A Simple schiit stack smear is always nice but don't get the Uber versions unless you really need em. I'd only need one usb input for source and you can always split the dac out. The element is lovely but you're paying a high premium for user experience. I've heard really really great things about the Micca OriGen. It's a lovely 100$ usb powered dac/amp. In fact, it has similar user experience to the element. Though I've heard it has some funny issues with the pre-outs, I'd definitely recommend this one (based on what I've heard/read). Lots of great options under 250$. Here's a humble dac/amp from SMSL. Any specific features you require?

Also, check out the T50RP MkIII. You won't regret it.

edit: words + adding in the SD793/ mur wurds

u/I3igAl · 3 pointsr/ZReviews

I would love to!
For the amp I am using the SMSL Q5 Pro as linked by /u/Hercusleaze and I am very happy with it. I bought it especially for the optical input and remote control to use with my xbox alongside my PC. A very good feature is a dedicated sub out, really makes adding a sub simple.
If you dont need all the fancy DAC built in I would highly recommend the SMSL SA36A, SA50, or SA98 depending on the power you want (this depends on how loud you want to get and what your speakers need).
For speakers I am using a pair of Micca MB42X-C in 2.0, although I got them for half off. Most people recommend Micca MB42X, a very solid all rounder at a good entry price. I set my brother with the Fluance SX-6 speakers, and he is really happy with them although they are bass heavy.
These options are solid entry level gear, and for myself I havent needed/felt like upgrading further. If you are looking for something a bit higher end I would suggest checking out the /r/Zeos guide lists or make a dedicated thread!

u/Elnrik · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Two of these amps?

Assuming the speakers match up fairly well with those amps in terms of sensitivity and power requirements, I think you should be fine. The line out from the Origen+ can control the volume. You would then split the Left / Right signals with a 3.5mm to RCA Y adapter, and connect the R channel to 1 amp, and L channel to the other - is that correct? Reading the Amp owner's manual, it shows the amp only needs a single input using the bottom-middle RCA connector for bridged mono mode.

I don't see anything wrong with this setup. It is a little unusual - an inexpensive home theater receiver might provide better overall features and power without the connectivity issues.

I digress... The number of connectors and length of cable used would probably influence distortion more than the output of the Origen would. Keeping the signal path away from power sources will help as well.

Also, I don't see how replacing the Origen with a Magni 2 Uber would net you massive audio quality improvements, especially where budget is concerned. Unless you need the coax input for some reason.

I hope that helps? Pretty unique situation. Good luck.

u/rsilverblood · 4 pointsr/ZReviews

Here's the TL;DR of differences between Gibson and Philips for the Fidelio X2 manufacturing:

Philips sold the plant to Gibson, and now Gibson manufactures the headphones. Gibson tried using glue to hold the earpads better to the cup, and they said it didn't affect the sound quality, but was a QC issue. Gibson has said that because this interfered with the removable earpads, they would revise this going forwards. Some new stock and some used pairs might have the glue issue, but this is only important if you plan on using aftermarket earpads (or if you plan to use it long-term and might need to replace the stock earpads later down the line).


(Reddit thread with a guy who works on the Fidelio X2 team confirming an error in QC.)

(Zeos compares the differences in a video.)

(Picture of the glue before and after being removed, courtesy of Massdrop.)

(Head-fi thread/topic about the issue. Likely the least helpful link here. View at your own discretion.)

For a time, Amazon's product page for the Philips Fidelio X2 mentioned that some earpads might come glued, and if so, to contact customer support for a replacement. (The warning is no longer there, now.)

Read the most helpful reviews on the Amazon product page, if you'd like to. One talks about QC issues and customer support. Others mention the product's quality. This should help you make up your mind.

Hope all these links are helpful for ya. Cheers,

u/AlienStag · 1 pointr/ZReviews

This is the DAC/amp combo I use for when I need a mic input. Also has pre-outs that I use to send the signal to my O2 amp. Relatively cheap, amp isn't the strongest but strong enough for most gear, and definitely enough for the X2. The noise floor is also significantly better than onboard (tested with highly sensitive IEMs, like the RE-400, ZS6, and AS10). Been happy with my purchase, which I had made about 1.5 years ago.

u/sherm137 · 5 pointsr/ZReviews

They are solid, but just be aware, that Z only recommends those with different ear pads. It's an extra expense (only $20) but it might put you out of budget.


Also, you will want to eventually save up for an amp/dac combo unless you have a great motherboard. Most motherboards will be able to power the m40x, but you won't get the most out of them. A solid entry-level amp/dac is here:


Also, the Cloud Hyperx 2 are actually some decent headphones. I'm not sure you will be getting that much of an upgrade going to m40x. If it's an option, wait, save up $50 and buy the Sennheiser hd58x Jubilees on Massdrop. You seriously won't regret it and your mind will be blown.

u/Shaggy_One · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Thanks for the extra suggestions. I also have the X2s and agree they are incredible sounding headphones. If OP has the money to burn then these take the spot of the SHP9500 easy.

For the mic, I prefer the boom mic since I had issues with my keyboard getting picked up on my Blue Snowball while I had it. I even tried putting dampers on my MX Brown keyboard to get rid of the clack. GREAT sound quality, but it picked up literally everything.

As for ground loop hums I've never had a problem with that but something like the Mpow Ground Loop Isolator is a great solution. Using one in my car as it is an incredibly noisy environment for EMI.

u/Hercusleaze · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Couple questions.

First you say you are looking for speakers, then you say it has to have an AUX jack. So are you looking for recommends on a whole setup? i.e. speakers, amp, source?

You mention ability to add more speakers in the future, so i assume you don't mean a standalone bluetooth speaker.

Also, budget. In the audio world, for what I think you are looking for, you could spend from a few hundred bucks, to a few thousand, probably even more.

For starters, I would recommend:


If you want to add more speakers later, but have a budget, get a stereo (2.1) receiver, such as - Yamaha - Has A, B, and A+B, which is two zones. meaning two sets of two speakers. Can play either, or both. This receiver also has bluetooth. No aux jack though.


Micca MB42X - these are very decent. Z has reviewed them. Should be a good shop speaker.

Don't forget the little stuff, speaker wire at the minimum (16 gauge or bigger), banana plugs are helpful.

He would be covered for FM radio, and bluetooth with the above. If you want him to be able to stream from a laptop he would need a DAC, to convert the USB output to an analog signal. Let me know if you need a recommend for one of those.

u/drconopoima · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Zeos recommends the Sony MDR-1A in his purchase advice guide. Since he takes into consideration what's available at the target price range, then they are definitely a great deal at 120 pounds. But if you are open to a third option, the Shure SRH 840 which are also usually at the $200 price range, you can get them right now off
Amazon UK new from 92 pounds and free shipping within the UK. That's a better deal than the Sony's and a better buy than the M40X in my opinion.

u/Bleafer · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Little late to this but found this post after googling a little bit.

Can you clarify something for me? You say you recommend the micro suede pads but then the link you posted was for velor pads. Just making sure those are the correct pads. If they are, are these the same ones you've recommended (just .ca instead)? 99% sure they are the same ones but just in case. Thanks!

u/TyGamer125 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I'd recommend you watch the Zeos review for them. Tldw of the video is they are ok with ok soundstage if and only if you use the mixamp. At $250 there's better options out there though.

Headphone from above guide with gaming tag and detectable cable + $20-30 mic at the bottom of guide + this amp would be a more ideal solution that wouldn't lock you in.

u/solduios · 1 pointr/ZReviews

The ATH-M50x ( new version is better then the old one but still not my cup of tea) Tbh the ATH-40x is better for neutrality.

I cant comment on long term comfort or build quality but imagine it is decent.

Are suppose to be good sounding style cans and come in many different colors.

u/itookthewheel · 1 pointr/ZReviews

This is a simple solution, or you could get a different DAC all together, I had the smsl and it's a good beginner DAC. I have the Micca origen now and it works beautifully, and powers my shp-9500 headphones perfectly.

u/blackjakals · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Thanks for your input on those speaker JohnBooty. Are those all your speakers in those photos? ME LIKEY! I really like those Red JBL's. Mine are White and they look absolutely beautiful.

I got THIS ground loop isolator here to solve the hiss I was getting and now I do not get any hiss no matter the volume. You should check it out.

What is your opinion on the Infinity Reference line of speakers? They have a sale going on right now and the 162's are $200 a pair. I hear they are on par or better than the last Primus line and AverageJoeAudiophile puts them at about the same level as the KEF Q100's.

u/Matix__ · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Here ya go friend :) Just gonna let you know now that when you get them, it'll seem at first like they won't go on. With a bit of patience they'll fit just fine

u/Dashing_in_the_90s · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I haven't heard that sub but it appears to be designed to go with the 305s so they should sound great together.
Both the speakers and the sub take trs or xlr in so to connect them up to a PC you would need a stereo 3.5mm to trs converter like [this] ( That would go from the jack on the back of the motherboard to each speaker with no sub or into the sub inputs then from the sub outputs to the speakers using just straight trs or xlr cables. You would need the same cable for surrounds but you would skip the sub and go straight into the speakers.

u/the_skine · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I'm assuming, based on your other responses (and because you haven't specified) that you're hooking this up to a computer exclusively, and that you have limited desk space (meaning that standard bookshelf speakers won't fit). Also, I'm going to assume that you don't have SPDIF or optical connections, since you haven't said that you do.

My suggestion, then, would be:

  • Micca MB42X, $80 on Amazon
  • Nobsound Mini Bluetooth Power Amplifier, $31 on Amazon
  • AmazonBasics Speaker Wire, $9 on Amazon

    At their price and size, the Miccas are great speakers.

    The Nobsound was reviewed by Zeos a while back, and he was pleasantly surprised. Note that you can attach the amp to your computer using USB, the 3.5mm jack, or bluetooth.

    The speaker wire is there just to remind you to factor that into your cost. You may already have some laying around, or you can probably find some cheaper than that, or in shorter lengths.


  • The Nobsound comes with a 12v 5a (12×5=60W) power supply. So you're limited to ~25-30 watts per channel. This is more than enough for desk setups and small rooms, especially given the relatively efficient Micca speakers. But if you find yourself wanting more power, you can upgrade the power supply for around $15-$20.
  • Banana plugs make hooking up speakers a whole lot easier. Monoprice banana plugs are $10 on Amazon. The only thing to pay attention to here is that most banana plugs will only accept 12 gauge to 16 gauge speaker wire.
  • Subwoofer. Neither your Logitech speakers nor the Miccas really do low end (under 60 Hz). This enters an entirely separate discussion about price, performance, and what you want out of your setup, though. I will say, though, that with the Nobsound amplifier, you'll need a sub with high-level (speaker wire) passthroughs.
u/LostReaction · 1 pointr/ZReviews

So when I bought mine I ordered one of these amplifier controller thingies. I have it connected between my DAC and the 305's. It works well enough but I've found it more convenient just to adjust the volume in Windows. I have the actual volume on the back of each monitor set to "5" to prevent me from easily maxing out the volume in windows. With the volume at 5 these are plenty loud enough for a desk.

You had the right idea with the line level controller. I personally don't hear a difference between in sound quality with using the line level controller and having it disconnected but I know some people are much more critical than I am.

Good luck with your setup!

u/IamEzioKl · 1 pointr/ZReviews

You're sure the laptop doesn't have embedded optical out on the headphone port? most don't, but some do.

Anyway, If you don't mind using the built in DAC you can get a cheap usb dac with optical out and use it.

something like that

Or get the old hifimediy 9023 for cheaper, for the current price of the uca202, the 9023 can also do optical out and support 96khz/24bit vs the 44/16 on the uca202, and the dac shouldn't be bad either.

u/x152 · 1 pointr/ZReviews
  1. You sure it aint your source making the buzzing? if it happened on two amps, id be suspicious of things outside of my amps...

  2. Lots of stuff work. I suggest on a budget the audiosource amp100VS

    If you can go more, I would get a nicer amp such as some emotiva offerings. if u gotta go small form factor, SMSL sa160 works, although it probably isnt the best amplification. Also look on the used market for Adcom amps. They are super good.
u/Preclude · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

There are two good ways to do this:
Option 1:
Grab yourself a set of these.
Plug the double sided end into your source, and then feed the other end to your speakers. You'll then plug another set of RCA into the open ends on the source and send them to your Sub.
Option 2: If you don't like using the windows volume control, then you'll get one of these:
Also this:
The Barrel connectors will go into your source. Then plus the controller into the barrel connectors, then the piggyback cable into the other end of the controller. Then plug your RCA into backside of the Piggyback and put one set into the speakers, and one set into the sub.
Once you've chosen from the two options, you'll need to set up the speaker and the sub so the volume matches.
To do that I would turn the computer audio up to maximum. Then, turn your speakers up as loud as you would ever comfortably listen to them. Then get your subwoofer gain and crossover where you want it. You will then use your PC volume/or the control nob to control the volume of both of them. If you use the control nob, your PC volume will always be at max.
EDIT: You might also need this to get the sound from your motherboard audio out to RCA:

u/extremeelementz · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Just want to say thank you for being so helpful I was on the r/headphones subreddit and got THIS Lol... whatever. But I have heard about the Fiio is THIS the one you're talking about? I would do the same as you, makes sense considering then I could just turn up or down the volume within arms reach. Thank you again for some solid assistance. Not to make myself even more confused but is the Schiit Fulla 2 decent? I see it doesn't have a bass boost button which I would appreciate sometimes like the E10k any thoughts?

u/honeycakes · 3 pointsr/ZReviews

The stock pads aren't terrible for about an hour. After that you will start to feel the pressure of them. I switched them out and it really helped comfort. I got the Brainwavz angled memory foam pads for $30 on amazon.

I wear my m40x for gaming, music, etc. I love em.

u/omegaorgun · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I believe it is the pro 80 ohm it is the bass one. This review is spot on. If you are getting the Argon (mine are boxed and ready to post) this DAC in high gain mode will drive them just fine. You open up the front and position the jumpers nearest the headphone jack and it is only $65 ish here.

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u/Schwarzbar · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I use these: Brainwavz Coussinets angulaires pour Casques en mousse à mémoire de forme pour casque audio - (Noir)

Soft and comfortable for hours:)

u/pyrobandit · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Yup! It's back on Amazon as in stock for the 28th! Hopefully its new-found popularity won't jack up the price a ton.

u/jiMalinka · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I'd live in a dorm with 2 other people, and I like my volume up. I don't care as much about isolation as sound leakage. I know I can't eliminate it completely, but at least closed cans are the best one can do.

MSR7's are $200... What do you think about these as compared to let's say Beyers or the M40X/M50X:

Ever heard the Sennheisers HD 598 CS?

u/Copernican · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I run the exact same setup. For some reason an amp causes a lot of static on the mic.

Something like this can help. Have it connected between your cans and your amp. It will reduce the volume output, but helps solve the static issue.

u/Gamesrock22 · 1 pointr/ZReviews


If you're in the U.S, you can get them from Amazon Warehouse deals for ~$178 like I did a few weeks ago

u/clashtom · 1 pointr/ZReviews

For the price of the m40x with new pads, 85+30=115.
or these for 104.

Probably same sound signature as m40x but with better build, no pad swap needed and easy to drive.

u/captaindealbreaker · 1 pointr/ZReviews

The problem with SMSL stuff is they're built as cheaply as possible and you get very little of the advertised wattage without distortion. Basically take anything they make and halve the power, that's what's actually usable.

Don't get me wrong, for budget amps they're fine. But for people looking for a quality setup, it's worth spending the extra money.

If room is an issue this AudioSource amp is pretty low profile and sounds really good

For a little more money this Emotiva unit is an absolute monster and still very compact

As for adding a subwoofer, most will do either line in or pass through over the speaker cables. Really depends on which one you get.

u/Tmanning47 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

They are powered monitors, so no amp is necessary. all you need is a cable like this one

However, that being said, you would significantly benefit from a usb DAC with lineouts to input into the speakers.

u/tehNOViCE · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I second this, I bought mine back in June, and I use them every day, they are great. I paired them with this - and I love it.

u/AStupidHippo · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Shure 840

Review on the Shure 840s

Edit: if your budget is 250 and you want music and monitoring headphones. You can get the Shure 440 and get the Phillips SPH9500. Both are regarded as excellent sub 100 headphones.

u/Brocktar · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I have the 793II, headphones and powered monitors and one thing you will want to have is a line level controller like this [one] ( as the 793II has a line out not a pre out. This way you don't have to change your computer's volume when you want to change your powered monitors volume.
I am still an audio Padawan, but the SMSL Sanskrit DAC with a FiiO K5 AMP seem to fit what you need, others will have to comment on sound quality as I don't have any experience with them.

u/finster009 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

If I was looking for gaming primarily, I think this thing is great from a functionality/quality/usability standpoint vs. a music oriented DAC/AMP.

Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier

u/RaptorController · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

you only need one if you are going to use the headphone output on your desktop.

you dont "need" a dac but it will improve the sound.

u/jj69rr · 1 pointr/ZReviews

The Behringer UCA202 is a good cheap option and has plenty of outputs.

u/Obi-Shinobi · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Is it like on old AM radio in cars you hear the engine noise in the radio? If so try this,

I had a lot of noise in my PC setup and that fixed it for me.

u/Aislinx · 1 pointr/ZReviews

the emotiva a-100 only have rca inputs so you'll need either a 3,5 to rca cable to connect it directly to your pc or you can use an usb dac like the behringer UCA202 and use it's rca outputs to connect the emotiva amp

u/frsmtc · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Behringer UCA202

You just need a RCA to 3.5mm adapter for mic in. Clean DAC, low powered amp stage - I'm not certain about how hard superlux is to drive. The behringer drove my IEMS well but had bass distortion on my planar and high impedance headphones.

u/BeardedAlbatross · 1 pointr/ZReviews

There are a bunch that look like this. MCM Electronics also sells a version on their site for under $40 that has an IR remote, so you can add it to any living room setup no matter if they are powered monitors, integrated amp, power amp, anything.

u/plazman30 · 1 pointr/ZReviews
  1. That's not a DAC.
  2. You don't need XLR. Those monitors will let you use a 1/4" jack.
  3. Massdrop SDAC is $80.00

    Computer goes USB to SDAC. SDAC goes RCA to 305s using this cable.

    You'll either need to get a pre-amp or adjust your volume using your computer.

    You other option is to buy a Micca Origen G2. That's a DAC with a built in pre-amp. if you get the Origen, you would need this cable.
u/NightHawk1985 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

You wouldn't get sound from the monitor to the Syba DAC, so your next option would be using the optical from PS4 to the Syba Sonic.. Check the link for the Syba Sonic- it has pics of the inputs & outputs available..

u/Aquix · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Any specific, affordable suggestions apart from velour then? Zeos suggested the $10 HiFi velours in his review, and others suggested the $22 Brainwavz HM5.

u/824show · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I just got them (9500s) along with the vmoda mic. Tried them out through the controller jack and maxed volume sounds to low. Waiting on my dac/amp to arrive I'll let you know how it sounds once I get everything together.