Alright guys I am getting some over analysis paralysis. Currently I am running apple lossless through MBP to the total bithead and grado sr225. I will be upgrading to the grado Rs2i or Audiotechnica ath ad2000 but I am not concerned about my headphone decision. I simply want you guys to know they are low impedence. I am looking for a substantial upgrade to my total bithead that I could achieve for $300 used or new if my price point wont give a good increase let me know. I was looking at the NFB 3.1 audio-gd and having a dedicated standalone DAC appeals to me. I would look at future upgrades like the gilmore lite/dynalo or mapletree EAR(finance dependent of course).
If I get a dedicated DAC and lose the intigrated bithead amp will I suffer much? Do I atleast need to budget another $200 for a used gilmore/dynalo? I would rather not increase the budget to much however, only if necessary(strongly suggested). I am pretty lost when it comes to dedicated DACS and I am not set on one brand or another and actually prefer used for bang for the buck.
Edit:Yulong d100 is also a consideration
Edited by the chemist - 11/17/11 at 8:32am