First of all I would like to apologize if a similar topic opened before. But I did my search around forums and couldn't find anything for my particular interest.
Since I am going to buy my product online, I want some honest user feedbacks rather than manufacturers specifications.
My source will be Apple Macbook Pro and I own a pair of AKG K701s.
At the moment I am planning to buy Apogee Duet 2. My main reason for this is Apogee's obvious compatibility with Macbook. Also it looks solid enough to drive my power-hungry headphones. But before paying quite amount of money (530 €), I want to hear your suggestions too.
My main motive is buying a good DAC component with decent headphone amp to hear some music. In the future, if I can save up some money, I am planning to buy Heed CanAmp which is perfect with K701. So a decent headphone amp to drive K701 will be enough for me now, but the DAC part is important. CDs are starting to vanish, and computer audio becoming more and more important day by day. So a good DAC will be a perfect investment for me now.
Another good choice will be I think NuForce Icon HDP. But the price is similar, ~ 400 €. I don't know which device is better Apogee Duet 2 or Nuforce Icon HDP but I think compatibility among devices is more important.
So what do you think? Can buy anything better for a budget around 500€. Or these above products as good as it gets? Also which one you would choose between them?
Thanks in advance.