Total noob here looking for a budget performer for my AKG Q701 for music, movies, gaming. Have 250$ to spend, considering either the HUD-MX1, NFB12, Objective 2 + some DAC, or a 200$ sound card such as Asus Essence. I don't like loud volume and prefer quality over quantity. Suggestions are much appreciated.
I've looked at tons of other dacs & amps in the 200$ area but have no idea which is better for me. This will be used on a desktop, portability is not needed.