Yo bros, I currently have the fiio E17+E9. I'm looking for suggestions on good amps and dacs so I won't ever need to upgrade the dac/amp for my HD600s and Beyer DT 880 250 ohm pro headphones again. Can you guys recommend me amps/dac that are less than $500 each? Thanks!
Depends if you want a solid state or tube amp..
Solid state rig? If I was in your position/budget, I'd get the Schiit "Uber-Bifrost" DAC ($350 w/o USB.. or $450 w/USB) & "Asgard 2" amp ($250). I like Violectric's offerings as well (I have the V800 & V200).. they have a "sister company" called Lake People and have some terrific amps that are like slightly scaled back/down versions (i.e. G109-P amp) of their flagship Violectric products (i.e. V200 amp). Build quality and design is going to remain top notch. I can't recommend their stuff enough... same with Schiit's stuff.
Violectric & Lake People are the same company. Basically, Lake People is the company and Violectric is a brand name they use for their audiophile products. They mostly sell pro audio/video studio products under the Lake People name until recently with the G103/G105/G107/G109 which you're right, are basically cheaper versions of the Violectric amps that use SMD components to lower production costs.
I love my G109-S but unfortunately have little to compare it to right now. One thing you always get with LP/Violectrics is plenty of power. Even the ~ $250 G103 has more power than most other $500 amps. The HD600s aren't terribly difficult to drive but the bass seemed to improve with the G109. My DT880s probably improved more-so. The Beyers supposedly are best when given plenty of voltage and the G103/G109/Violectrics definitely have that.
Checkout this thread if you want some more info on the G103 & G109 or do a search for Violectric, there are several threads on those I think
Edited by devhen - 7/11/13 at 11:37am