Originally Posted by sw98
I am just wondering if anyone is using a similar setup to this below or has any recommendations for the following setup:
PC > WAV > Ultra Desktop Amp (via Kimper Kable USB) > HD650's (Cardas) & Audioengine A5's
I am looking to keep my costs under $2K including the amp and desktop speakers, I already have the HD650's and Cardas cable. . . .
I have and use: PC > HRDU (w/ DPS) > HD650 (w/ Cardas). For me, the DPS makes a difference. The HD650 in this setup is slightly veiled. The greatest advantage is the small footprint and the wide range of inputs.
I guess the tipping point is whether or not you're going to want better. If you do, then the next step would be the BUDA and UDAC and balanced cables for your HD650.
If you can find additional funds, you may want to bypass the SE setup and go straight to the balanced package with the DPS. It costs more now, but it may be cheaper in the long run.
The veil from the HD650 will disappear. The UDAC-BUDA combo is significantly better than the SE counterpart.
Looking to possible future upgrades, you may want to bypass the UDAC and get a balanced DAC with both RCA and XLR outs. This way, when you're ready, you can buy a better balanced amp (they usually come with a dual power supply unit) later on.