I recently bought a pair of DT 880 (600Ohm) headphones and a LittleDot MK III tube amp to go with them, and I was looking for a nice DAC to complete my setup. Any suggestions?
I'm a relatively new audiophile and although I've been doing research for a few months, I haven't picked a standout DAC yet that would complete my rig. I really just don't want to sell short my new beyer headphones or little dot amp in any way. I assume that means getting a nice DAC, but I would consider sound cards an option as well (STX?).
I was ready to pull the trigger on a Zero DAC after reading Penchum's review, but I thought it best to get some head-fi advice first as I've also heard of their reliability issues.
All of my music will be FLAC files served from my computer via S/PDIF or USB. I don't really have a budget in mind, but I don't think I'd go with anything more expensive than the Cambridge DacMagic, and honestly that is pushing it.
I've considered DACs across a wide range of price points:
Fiio D3 ~30
Fiio E10 ~80
NuForce uDAC2 ~130
Zero DAC ~150
Little Dot DAC_I ~300
Cambridge Audio DacMagic ~ 430
I assume that these are not my only choices, just the few that I am aware of and have looked into (I welcome new suggestions). The main thing I want is a quality DAC (or sound card I suppose) to use as a source to my new tube amp and 600 Ohm headphones.
Thanks for any help!