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Aune S6 DAC/Amp

Aune S6 DAC/Amp

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Where is the S7??
Does this have a remote?
zymphad
No.
as im new to this whole thing im looking for my first desktop amp dac. so does anyone know if it would be worth it to use the single ended for now and later on using the balanced output for other headphones such as if they bring back the hd6xx or 58x drops. right now i only have the he4xx and i hear the hds compliment the sound well. im looking to save money where i can and that $400 for this dac amp with balanced has me intrigued.
ingaron
Yes, it sounds great with both the 1/4" unbalanced and XLR outputs.
is there a unamplified output?
houzm
Yes it is - RCA and XLR
How does it compare to the X1S @ the 1/4 Inch in Soundquality, can somebody can give a detailed information about this? And is this better sounding than the Gustard A20H I currently use?
Semaphore_Newgrounds
This one is better than x1s but not as good as a20h
Why is the S7 no longer being offered?
Sooo, should I cancel my x1s drop and order this one? The overlap in time between the two drops is very narrow so I have to act quickly.
I have several nice portable DAC/amps but none for the desktop, and that's why I took the plunge on the x1s. If the upgrade is worth it to the S6 I'm willing to pay the price. Any thoughts?
patpolk
Unless you have a bit of excess cash to blow, they are realistically identical in sound. I have this unit for the sole reason of the TFT screen displaying the sample rate and bit depth; I've had issues where windows changes something on me so it's nice to be able to easily look over and see.
I just ordered the "Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp" which was going for $379.99. Would this unit be a better value at the $399.99 price point? I'll be using the sennheiser HD6XX and Fostex TR-XOO. Specifically I'm curious about the bass and lower end performances?
I really don't like bundled dac/amps. But it seems most drops here are combos :/ The only DAC-only drops of recent memory has been the Grace balanced and Topping. D50.
Where did the S7 amp go?
Bolsterfree
It's hiding in the url :) Apart from that all trace of the S7 seems to have been removed and it looks like this will be an S6 only drop from now on. Pretty weird considering this drop started as an S7 only drop.
Does anybody know what output impedance this has? And how does it compare to the topping dx7s?
Does anyone know what the price was for just the aune s6? Im hesitating between the s6, jothunheim and the topping dx7s. Any insight would be helpful.
supasb
Just dropped at $400.
How would this compare with SDAC balanced?
This wasn't dropping so I ordered my end game audio gd R28 instead.
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I would never put my LCD on a thin stand. Might i suggest room's headphone stand? It does proper headphones justice.
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Heavyboxer
Hehe I do have the full wooden stands too, and yes it normally sits on one. I've fitted mine with the CF headband, somewhat lighter now ;)
matrix hpa 3b vs aune s7 anyone?
Both Aune S6/S7 and Topping DX7s are now active drops. Compare their specs:
S6/S7: 32/384kHz, XLR Output: 450mW@300ohms, for $750 DX7s: 32/768kHz, XLR Output: 546mWx2@300ohms, for $379
Is there anywhere that S6/S7 excels to justify its price? Can someone who have both give some comments? Any feedback will be appreciated.
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I wouldn’t go as far as to say the S6 is warm because there isn’t too much coloration as compared to the R2R DACs or tube amps. It’s just I find DACs that do well in measurements can only do well with warm / non treble emphasised headphones. As a matter of fact, you will hear people saying it is sharp sometimes with HE4xx When paired with Sabre DACs. I find changing the DACs solves the issue as compared to changing amp which normally introduces quite a bit of coloration to make it warm if that makes sense. And of course YMMV. All I’m saying is, we all can get a 6xx as a baseline or reference. For DACs, I still believe if a person were to have only one DAC, a non Sabre DAC would be a better choice because of the sharp/ sibilant possibilities mentioned. Lastly, if listening on low volume, then the Sabre DACs can be a good choice as the best way to combat sibilant issues is to lower down the volume. It’s not for me, but it works for many people. I listen to 85dB or above normally.
HappyPlace
This really helps. My everyday listening gear is Raspberry Pi3 - D10 DAC - O2 Amp - HD650. I am looking to upgrade to a desktop DAC/Amp. I think I would choose a DX7s though. Thank you for your comments. BTW, 85dB is not a healthy sound pressure. :)
Hi is it possible to use the s6 as a balanced dac and pair it with a different balanced amp? Sorry I'm kinda new to all this and I'm trying to go for a fully balanced setup.
Ultramabi
Absolutely.
Ultramabi
I'm also a novice but it seems that buying this DAC/Amp combo just to use as DAC-only seems unnecessarily expensive?
Isn't the DAC chip 4495S is outdated now? Is this still worth buying? The replacement with new chip with Velvet sound should be coming up right?
AmJosh
Implementation mattersp much more than the DAC chips chosen
" While the S6 can adequately power headphones from its balanced port, this unit is at its best when stacked with the S7 and used as the DAC in the setup, as the S7 is a significantly more powerful amplifier. "
So basically your looking at $750 here per the description. Brilliant to pickup an amp / dac unit only to need a separate amp from the same manufacturer to meet their recommended setup. That's basically like buying a Civic and having the dealer recommend an Acura if you want full leather seating with Bose sound but encouraging you to buy both since the Civic gets better gas mileage.
Pass.
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Rosiebar
No, not really. Aune includes a headphone amp with all of their DAC's as far as I'm aware. The S6's primary function is as a DAC, the amplifier is just extra.
Rosiebar
Whatever!
I have the Sennheiser HD6xx and is there a big difference between the S7 and the X7S?
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Buckaboo
I have both and yeah the difference is very significant
ares347
Can you describe the sound of the S7 versus the X7S?
Is the s6 fully balanced (has balanced dac) or is it just the amp that is balanced?
Ultramabi
Going by their diagram, they do state XLR Balanced line output (L/R): http://en.auneaudio.com/index.php?s=Home/Article/detail/id/148.html. Output voltage is also higher at 4 Vrms for XLR vs. RCA at 2 Vrms.
Can anyone tell me the differences I could expect between the Aune s6 and the Topping DX7s, I’m looking for a stand alone balanced DAC and won’t be using amp section as I already have an Aune X7S as my amplifier. I would like to get opinions on what would be best match and any other suggestions as to other Balanced DAC’s that would sound good and pair well with my Aune X7S. Thanks for any feedback!
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Got the X7S amp great amp but no balanced inputs just RCA’s a balanced out on front so amp itself is balanced but can’t use with balanced DAC as no inputs for such. Thinking of going with Hifime UDA38Pro DAC (ES9038Pro and SA9227 DAC and Amp chip sets respectively) on their Web site it’s listed for $249.00 not ballanced but it’s gotten a lot of good reviews!
Esten
Thnx for the reply!
Can't seem to find the S7's output impedance values anywhere. Anyone can point me in the right direction ? Thanks.
Maxxevv
eh... can't find a reliable source but I've seen several references to 10 ohm (and no output type listed). Given the partially balanced nature of this design it would be hard to speculate what correlation the TRS vs XLR output have.
ElectronicVices
Thanks,. I couldn't find anything conclusive either.
I assume the absence of a specification means this is not a good choice for 600 ohm headphones. Yes?
bigjim
They give you enough reference points with the 300ohm load. If an amp handles 300ohm well there is rarely that big of a difference in 600ohm output. If only 32ohm load was quoted I would be much more concerned as a lack of voltage swing could be hidden. Don't put 100% of your eggs into the measurement basket, most manufacturers post the ones that look good and often have limited test bands. I'm of the opinion that measurements without detailed listing of the testing parameters are almost meaningless. I also like to balance subjective and objective information, everyone and everything has a bias. Reading between the lines is vital in this hobby, as is finding your own modus operandi.
What is the difference in the S7 and the Cayin iha-6 headphone amp?
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Not really, you're still going to have a single-ended signal, or one that's converted to balanced by a phase splitter.
Ditto on what wondroushippo said... if the device doesn't output enough power for you it might be of some benefit. Based on the specs of the 6xx and this amp I don't see the SE side having trouble pushing that headphone. FYI this config won't work on the Cayin SE to SE and Balanced to Balanced, no splitting or summing.
Can the S6 power the Massdrop Sennheiser 6XX reasonably? Either unbalanced or balanced?
I prefer a warmer sound and listen to a lot of electronic music so bass is important to me. Anyone who can comment on how the S7 sounds? I have heard the AKMs are more musical/warm and less clinical than ESS so am looking in that direction.
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Bjorn
You are certainly correct, but t depends on the dac implementation.
but yes, if you were to identically install an AKM and ESS, you would find the ESS is slightly brighter and clinical.
For sure, Ive heard that the Aune doesn’t pair well with the 6xx because it’s more clinical sounding.
From my experience, Dac/amps only do so much to a headphone. Yes some amps just pair better with certain headphones, like the Cavali amps with Hd600 line. I’ve heard that if you want bass, you should check out an external EQ like the Schiit Loki.
Hope it helps.
Bjorn
If you prefer a warmer sound, I would look at something that has Burr Brown chips. I know chip manufacturer isn't indicative of sound but that that seems to be the norm for me as all my current equipment uses Burr Brown chips. I mainly use iFi gear (also some Yamaha) and they are a warmish-take on neutral. Definitely more musical and natural sounding until you get into their really expensive gear and it approaches something more analytical and airy. I haven't heard the S7 personally but my biased opinion would be to check out some iFi gear before pulling the trigger here.
Just got the shipping notification for S6. Can't wait!
Any information about shipping?
Very excited for this. Joined for a silver s6.
What did you guys buy? Did you end up buying another DAC from MD?
jrjr2
I get S6 + S7 (replacing mine Aune S16) :)
I see that both S7 and S6 have internal PSU so you can't use a linear PSU. Isn't this an issue if you want the best audio quality?
Antonescu
Yes, but it's not a deal breaker
aptr91
It can be if the integrated PSU is crap. The external PSU of Aune X1S is totally shiet, is junk, it makes the DAC run very hot. I know that becouse I changed the PSU.