Hello. I'm looking to set up a modest audiophile headphone system to listen to my CDs. I already own the Sennheiser HD 600, but I've been listening to them out of a Harman Kardon HK 3385 A/V receiver coupled with a Technics SL-PD887 CD player, which doesn't have digital out.
The first thing I'll purchase is a headphone amplifier. I've been looking at Schiit amps, and am torn between the Asgard and Valhalla.
Next I have to decide what to use for a source, and this is where I ask for your generous advice. Should I get the Marantz CD6004 and plug it straight into the headphone amp, or get a more modest CD player with digital out and couple the amp with the Bifrost DAC? Which is bound to give me greater clarity and detail at low volume?
I listen to classical music, jazz, and classic hard rock and metal, along with some "world music", will be using CDs exclusively, and will never ever migrate to downloads or anything that involves a computer.
Any recommendations are welcome!
Thanks in advance.