Matrix - Mini i
The Matrix mini looks like it is a damn good DAC for the price. Are there any noticably better DAC (don't need hp amp built in) when you get into the $300-$400 range? I think I may upgrade my Zero to a better DAC once I get some money. Either that or get a new graphics card for my comp or some more headphones to compare just for fun. I want balanced becausein the future I plan on buying a balanced SS amp ($400 or so as well) that I will use with other cans, not my Grado's. Needs to be 220v-240v. Might just go the DAC_I>MKVII+ if that is the best value for money setup.
( I use M2tech Hiface USB/BNC coverter with it).
Almost forgot. Very nice HP amp, too. It drives Sennheiser HD 800 efortlessly, the sound just flows like a pure spring of water. I love it.
I always suspected, designing a DAC is not a rocket science (only ridiculous rocket science pricing for shiny boxes) - and Matrix confirms this big time.