Currently using AKG 701s (essential for my classical, jazz, experimental, and watching films) and Sennheiser HD650's (use them for electronic music, rap, and rock).
Driving both phones through my home theatre Onkyo reciever (through which I listen to my turntable, my BD player, my computer, and my DJing rig). As far as I can tell, the Onkyo headphone jack does a surprisingly good job, but I want to free up the Onkyo because I want to be able to use my computer while I listen to vinyl, for example. (If the turntable is going into the Onkyo reciever, rather than a hypothetical headphone amp, then I can't use my TV as my computer screen, because my computer's HDMI is routed through the Onkyo, but the Onkyo is set on the turntable)
I've ruled out the Heed Canamp, for a few different reasons: more money than I want to spend, apparently not that great with HD650's, and not easy to find either.
I am leaning towards the Schiit Asgard, but I noticed that it doesn't have RCA outs, only RCA ins. This means I would have to disconnect and reconnect RCA cables from the Onkyo reciever/headphone amp everytime I switch between cans/home theatre system. This would be a pain in the ass; should I rule them out based on this disadvantage? Also, is the Schiit Asgard potentially dangerous to my headphones when I turn it on/off, or do the relays that are supposedly installed on them now effectively eliminate this problem?
I can get a used Little Dot MK3 for 175, which is cheaper than they are going for used on the Head-Fi Marketplace right now. Furthermore, they have the RCA outs that Asgard lacks. Whether the amp is tube or solid state is mostly irrelevant to me.
So, can anyone give me some constructive input on what should guide my purchase decision? If anyone has even better amp options in this price range that would suit my needs, I am open to suggestions.
Edited by Jazzkammer - 6/18/12 at 6:53pm