I'm wondering how important the DAC is with these cans. Is the WM8740 "enough"? I'll be using a Headstage Arrow 4T amp.
you wanna upgrade DAC, right? If yes, Save another $300 and try my DAC : TEAC UD 501.
I have had it for a while now and have nothing but great things to say about it. Well built, great SQ, great details but at the same time very sweet/relaxing sound signature, high res playback including DSD...balanced out, decent built in HP amp. Highly recommended!
If you don't wanna spend that much, a Schiit Bifrost would be a good option.
Hmm it's kind of a sidegrade, don't worry about the DAC as much once you've established that you have a good one. I have the same dac/amp as you actually.
You picked a good one mate. Rest easy, if you're itching to spend money the balanced options are out there..
I actually prefer that little wonderbox over the O2 pairing. I mean heck, look at the output wattage, DAC chip, all yuour input and output modes and tell me you get more amp for the money
When you ask on headfi for suggestions for an upgrade, the normal response would be, "get this [insert gear] you'll be blown away blah blah...". Its refreshing to hear from some who suggest what you got is already good enough. Ta Chris_Himself
I recently upgraded my first DAC (HRT Music Streamer II) to the Resonessence Concero. Neither of these are DAC's you've mentioned, but anyway... The Concero has a very obviously different presentation. That's the main thing. It's also better than the old DAC in terms of detail and separation. While the improvement is readily apparent, it doesn't jump out as much as the fact that the Concero just sounds different. I don't really see myself ever getting a DAC more expensive than the Concero.
The TEAC is a dedicated DAC. It just happens to have a little HP amp built in. The HP amp is nothing fancy and powerful but not bad either. For me, it was just an extra topping of the pie. I bought the TEAC for the DAC/DSD and balanced connections. Its perfomance/price ratio is very high. About the bifrost, Chris pretty much said it.
It's always good enough if you know your stopping point. If you ask for input to "upgrade", better get yourself ready for suggestions based on people 's personal experience/preference. I often say my akg Q701 is good enough but when I ask "what would be an upgrade?" the answer would be abundant.
For me, the TEAC is the "it" DAC for me. That I am 100% sure. Amp-wise, I am also done. 1 or 2 more HPs at the most then I'll be done too. The sound quality I am getting now from my combo is already to my ears "end game". I am not going to even think about paying more ridiculous amount of $ for the last 1% of SQ which I won't be able to distinguish. I am not one of those who will say "yeah, very minute improvement, definitely there, I can hear it blah blah blah..." I think that's bull schiit and self justification.