Hello, first post for this long time lurker!
I'm about to buy a pair of new headphones since my Sennheiser HD-590's are getting worn out. The choice has been made and I'm going for a pair of Hifiman HE-5LE, quite a big upgrade but I'm willing to spend some money for good quality.
So far I've been connecting my old phones to my computers soundcard. With the new phones that will not be a good idea since they require a bit more power than the old ones.
I've tried to do my homework and I've figured that I i can run the headphones from a DAC directly, or from a DAC + amp. I guess it depends alot on the equipments used, and the synergy between the phones and the equipment.
My question is: Shoud l go for a good DAC and let it drive the headphones or should I go for a DAC + Amp?
My budget is ~500 $, 300 euro. Help me out with some suggestions on good gear for the HE-5LE, good Amp+DAC combos and good standalone DACS.
The stuff I've been checking out so far:
Maverick Audio Tubemagic A1
Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1
Virtue Audio TWO.2