I have owned an Audinst HUD-mx1 DAC/ amp for around a year now, I'm happy with it but I need a new amplifier that I plan to pair with a dedicated DAC that has an optical input so that I may use my PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360 video game consoles with my headphones.
My headphones are Sennheiser HD650s, and I listen mainly to soundtracks and classical music. I do not have or need a "proper" stereo system, so I use them for all my audio needs, which is 85% music, 10% films/ television, and 5% gaming.
I would like an amplifier for around $300 that is known to pair well with these popular headphones. Also, I would prefer to order something from a company that is known to be reliable both in quality and customer service (shipping, device problems, etc.). It does not have to be balanced, but if it is I am not opposed to it. Also, I would find it very useful for it to have two headphone outputs, as there are times where my roommate and I watch a film at the same time.
I have not decided a DAC to pair with said amplifier, so if it is a combination DAC/ amp then that is fine. My total budget is $600, but I can likely stretch that a bit if necessary.
Thank you very much for any help you can provide.
Edited by ThePhoenix924S - 9/3/11 at 11:29am