Hello Head-Fiers. Currently, my setup is uDAC>HD 555, but I'm looking for an upgrade. My main music tastes are ska, acoustic, pop-punk, and classical. A few weeks ago, I started looking in to what could be my next setup. I wanted a balanced phone with a large soundstage, and that also lets the listener really analyze the music. I did a bit of research, and after a bit I found them. The AKG K701's fit the bill perfectly. I was ecstatic. However, I constrained myself from buying them on the spot and did a bit more research. It was then that I stumbled upon this place. This site told me that my trusty uDAC would come nowhere near being able to properly drive the K701's, and that using uDAC>K701 would be a waste of a K701. I was distraught. My perfect setup had now been reduced to next to nothing. However, after further reading on here, it was discovered that a preamp could be hooked up to the uDAC to give enough power to properly drive the K701's. All hope was not lost! Unfortunately, all the amps recommended were $200+. When (or if) I buy the K701's, I'll have a little more than $100 spending money, and I don't have a job/make money. So, I've narrowed it down to a few budget systems (until I get more money) and was wondering what you guys think of them. They're in no specific order.
1. uDAC>Little Dot +1>K701
Sell uDAC and 3. Tube Magic D1>K701
I understand that the PA2V2 setup is probably the weakest link out of the three, but I was wondering how apparent the difference would be to the other two choices.
Any input is appreciated. Thanks!