Hey guys, I recently purchased the Shure SR840's, and I'm on the lookout for a dedicated headphone amp/DAC, and suffice it to say there's quite a few to choose from, but I've narrowed down my options to the following. I'm trying to keep the price under $300 including shipping and applicable taxes (I'm in Ontario, Canada), as well as being able to drive the Shure's admirably, and have a dedicated coaxial/optical input. I'm currently using a Macbook Pro, and the two USB ports are already occupied 90% of the time, whereas the mini optical-out jack is more available. Here's what I've been looking at;
Firestone Fubar IV
Maverick Audio D1
Audio-gd Sparrow (there seems to be 4 price points options on the website, $140, $160, $210 and $240? I'm not quite certain what the differences would be)
I'm personally leaning towards the Maverick D1 given the large number of inputs and it's sleek styling, but I don't want to sacrifice quality because of aesthetics. Any suggestions would be thoroughly appreciated, thank you!