Originally Posted by forsberg
How does this compare to portable setups?
I have a RSA Hornet with SuperPro DAC and I am wondering if this will be a worthy upgrade.
I will be using these to drive my Ultrasone Pro 900s
So I spent few hours with these configurations, just to justify devices I've collected so far.
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> LCD2
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> Denon AH-D7000
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> Burson HA-160DS -> LCD2
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> Burson HA-160DS -> Denon AH-D7000
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> RSA SR71b SE -> LCD2
Laptop (320k, loseless) -> RSA SR71b SE -> Denon AH-D7000
Before my feedback, I have to confess that I don't really know Audiophile vocabulary that much, i.e) in your face, colorful, mellow, transparent etc, I guess I can look up the other threads for that here (http://www.head-fi.org/t/220770/describing-sound-a-glossary)
From above setting the one that I noticed is Denon AH-D7000 becomes totally different beast using Burson 160DS, I hear lot more bass than SR-71b, soundstage is about the same between sr71b vs burson 160ds with D7000.
As for LCD2, I don't hear much differences between 160DS vs SR71b.
If I were you I will get the better headphone instead of investing in an amp, LCD2, HD800 or T1, etc. but it's up to you.
From my experience, you will notice lot more improvement in upgrading headphone than upgrading the amp/dac.