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DAC to Pair With Burson Audio HA-160 (Or good amp and DAC pairing, in general)?

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Hey everybody,

 

I'm new to the forum here but have been listening through headphones for several years. Being a grad student (i.e. financially challenged), I find that they are about the best way I can enjoy my music and neither break the bank nor aggravate my fellow apartment dwellers.

 

That being said, I have never really had a solid headphone amp or DAC solution. I know that computer audio may not be the best option out there, but listening to well-ripped FLAC tracks and the originals, I have found the difference to be small enough (actually, almost non-existent to my ear) that my enjoyment of the music is unaffected. To help me enjoy my listening even more, I am actively hunting for an amp and a DAC to properly drive my cans (HD650s with Cardas cable upgrade, DT880s, and Grados). One of the best-suited amps there seemed to the HA-160 but I would need a DAC to go with it and that is where I get lost in the search. If anyone on the forum could recommend a good DAC (~$1000) to pair with the HA-160, I would really appreciate it.

 

Also, pushing the upper-end of my budget (actually almost blowing it off), I was looking at the Red Wine Audio Isabellina HPA w/DAC. I have read many good things about this component and was curious whether or not it would work well with the phones I've got (and hope to get, if I can save the cash - like the HD800s) and can compete with the HA-160. If anyone would care to comment on this question/query as well, please do.

 

Oh, and if it helps, I primarily listen to classical/acoustic music of all types (orchestral, chamber, solo, vocal, choral - pretty much you name it).

 

Thanks so much in advance for any help you guys can provide.

 

All the best,

 

Michael


Edited by MLJ1764 - 7/15/10 at 8:37pm
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Have you seen the Xindak-05? Seems like it would be a sweet match. You could play with the inputs, switching back in forth between the solid state and tube output. It has all sorts of inputs so it would be great with a computer and it's silver faceplate would match the Burson well. Pluss it's within your budget!!!
Edited by kboe - 7/15/10 at 8:56pm
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Oops! I forgot that it did not have a USB input. So your computer would have to have a optical output or a coaxial output.
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I will recommend Audio-gd DAC-19 DF.

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