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    I'm trying to decide on an Amp for my PC setup. The problem is that I need to drive both headphones (Late night music) and Studio Monitors. Looks like the Gizmo will drive the speakers, and the X-Head can drive the headphones, but is there something that will do both?

    HELP!:confused:

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    Michael

  • #2
    I'm going to try out a Nuforce Icon which does both.

    The Sonic Impact Gen2 has a headphone jack, but I haven't tried it. I guess I could try it now....

    It works, but the output is pretty low and doesn't seem as good as the onboard output on this notebook.

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    • #3
      Stay tuned. :thumbsup:
      Regular guy.
      Tubey or not tubey, that is the question :smoke1:

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      • #4
        Are you building your own Bill, or referring to a TCA project?

        It wouldn't be hard to add a nice headphone amp circuit to a box with one of the Sure boards, but you'd want a cleaner power source. Some amp circuits are designed for portable use with a 9v battery, so one could add a linear regulator between a 12v SMPS and the headphone amp.

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        • #5
          I'm building a Millet Hybrid Max with a TPA Darwin Source Selector and USB DAC in the same enclosure. The Max is a great headphone amp and can be used as a pre-amp. I know the Gizmo doesn't need a pre, but I'm planning on using the pre-out from my max to my Gizmo (when i get one... for now it'll be a SI gen 2) I'll also have the option of running the speaker amp from the second output if I decide I don't want to use the Max as a pre amp.

          the Darwin has 6 inputs, 2 outputs
          I'll have at least 3 inputs for sure (primary analog in, USB DAC in, aux)

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          • #6
            Any one of you headphone fellas try a 24v Aikido? The PCBs are out of stock but it looks like a great little project. Headphone amp and pre-amp all on the same board (but seperate circuits) and the 24v max needed lets you use a SMPS or small linear. :thumbsup:
            Regular guy.
            Tubey or not tubey, that is the question :smoke1:

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            • #7
              Bill, I've heard one of the high voltage versions with 6GU7 tubes, sounded great :D

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              • #8
                Updates?

                Any updates on a combo Speaker/Headphone Amp ????

                I haven't found a good one yet.

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                Michael
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