Don't know if I should be posting the Computer Thread, but I am looking for a good, decently powerful, somewhat compact and budget minded amp (~$150CAD) to be hooked up to my computer through my sound card. New or used, I'm fine with either. I'm new to the whole non-portable headfi scene so I don't know about available amps in this market niche. Though I do have a question, are DACs really necessary? So far I've read on the Zero Amp/DAC, Qinpu, and older Meier Corda Amps such as the HeadFive (which seem to be very good). So far my only headphone is the HF2 but I am looking for other higher impedance headphones such as the HD600 and some Beyer, so I may need an amp to be able to drive these.
So far, I have interest in the HeadFive (4 years older), but how does it compare with the newer Chinese built amps? Or do you guys have any other suggestions? Oh, and I don't really want to look at older home theatre amps or receivers.