Hey everyone! Although I've been a longtime reader of head-fi, I rarely post...but before I drop some serious coin (at least for me) to improve my desktop setup, I thought I'd solicit some opinions from all of you experts out there first.
I have about $2,500 to spend (though this is somewhat flexible) and would like a DAC and amp (combo or separates) to drive the HD800s that I own; even better if the setup also plays well with my JH13 Pros. I mostly listen to rock and pop, but dabble in nearly every genre -- so, in other words, I'm looking for something versatile. The audio will be coming from a MacBook with USB, S/PDIF and minijack outputs.
As for the decision, I am debating whether my dollars are best spent on:
(1) An amp only (in which case I would use the iBasso D10 from my portable rig as a DAC)
(2) A DAC and separate amp
(3) A DAC+amp combo
Any suggestions as to which of these options is best, as well as what DACs and/or amps might be a good fit given my needs? I have been leaning towards picking up the WA6SE with Sophia Princess upgrade, but am pretty clueless when it comes to DACs. Any advice would be much appreciated!
Edited by jaygot - 8/23/10 at 1:06am