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You would need a line-level ADC, rather than one that takes a phono input. Something like an EMU 0204 would work well, for considerably less money. Blue Jeans cable can build the necessary decent quality shielded custom cables for connecting between RCA and 1/4". 
 Hardly pointless. The fact that it stimulated the OP's interest in vinyl, I'd say there's a very good point in his review, particularly when he stated outright that he was "part of the Nomad's target audience".  Having demoed the unit myself, and having had a fair bit of experience with turntables at this point, I added some info to back up the OP's statements and try to make the thread a little more helpful. Did you miss that bit? Don't be a jerk, man. Better someone's...
 Total sidebar here, in the midst of my jealousy over that Traveler: I would highly recommend checking out the Herbie's MedicinBalls in place of the standard balls for that Gingko platform. I had a Gingko Cloud 10 for a while, and while my turntable (Michell Tecnodec) was too damned light for the Cloud to work properly, IMO, the MedicinBalls were a pretty noticeable improvement over the standard ones. And once again, regarding the complaints about the price point, I'm...
The Nomad's outputs are line level, since you can't bypass the build-in phono preamp, so yeah, running the output directly into an external headphone amp would probably work just fine. For the HD-600 you would probably need to use an external anyway. The built-in headphone amp isn't THAT powerful.
I did not, but the demo room was also a little noisy, with 6 Nomads set up for demo (or was it 8, I don't remember) and lots of people milling around talking. All the more reason to find a place to demo it with one's own headphones of choice.
FWIW, I attended the launch of the Nomad at SoundStageDirect, and brought along my Lawton-modded AH-D2000. I tried the headphones that they had on the units there, and none were up to snuff compared to my own, IMO.   Now when I say I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the Nomad sound, I should qualify it with my background in the vinyl hobby: I own a Michell Tecnodec with Michell Special RB250 tonearm, Dynavector 10x5 high output moving coil cartridge, Musical...
BTW, I need to add my voice to whatever chorus there is on recommending the Kimber Kable USB cable. It does indeed make an immediately noticeable difference. It's both subtle and alarming all at once, and this is just with the Copper one. Definitely recommended.
This actually made me laugh out loud. :) I use the Denon AH-D2000 at the office, but there's 3 big problems for the OP: 1) They're discontinued (what a damn shame),2) They're probably way out of your price range,3) They bleed a fair amount of sound, to the point of just barely qualifying as "closed".
Other things to consider, since I'm in the same boat (2nd-hand base model DAC1 and computer audio):   First off, the DAC1 USB only does 24/96 via USB input. The DAC2 does 24/192 with asynchronous USB, but that's a hell of a lot more than just a $200 difference. I'm currently using an iBasso D7 as a transport, with a Blue Jeans Audio RCA to BNC cable, and this works relatively well. Upgrading the USB cable may or may not improve matters further, and I'm still wondering if...
Anyone know how one of these compares to the iBasso D7 when used purely as a USB to SPDIF transport for an external DAC? I'm using a D7 to feed my Benchmark DAC1 to surprisingly pleasant result, but I'm wondering if the HiFace 2 would provide better results or not.
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