I want to buy a starter's headphone amp for hooking up with my PC.
I'd like it to be a DAC and headphone amp in one. I prefer an optical in, so I can hook it up to my sound card and have the gaming sound technologies of the sound card available through the amp (is this true? I guess so, but I'm not sure). It's a Creative Audigy 2 ZS, not that great, but hell of a lot better than on board sound and it had optical out.
The iBasso D10 is an option, but I have trouble finding a decently priced one. I'm not sure if I want to spend around $245 (their price on their site). I was hoping to find a DAC/AMP with optical in for around $150 or less, just a beginner's amp. That leaves me money to buy better cans, which is what you hear ultimately...
By the way: the portable feature the iBasso D10 is nice and I'd use it, but not necessary for what I want to use it for.
So basically my question is: what DAC/amps are there around with optical in (or are there other options for my wishes) with a bang for your buck price?