I have made up my mind to purchase for myself a v200 amp for myself this fall/summer. However, upon further reading of the "Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp" (can be found here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp/1560), I figured that my sources needed to be upgraded.
As a bit of a behind the scenes my current set up is: Foobar->WASAPI->Pico USB DAC/AMP-> Grado RS1i and 325is.
I would like a more desktop-like, or "home setup" if you will.
With that in mind, I originally wanted to get the computer audio TO my V200 VIA the Pico USB DAC/AMP. But there is a problem, and that is double amping. From what I gathered from posting in that V200 review page, double amping as a permanent solution isn't too ideal. (I'll miss you, Pico DAC). And that I should really get a dedicated source to bring out the full potential of my v200 + LCD-2
So here is the fork in my road (and the reason why it's so hard is because a nice CD player and a nice computer DAC is pretty the same price):
Should I go for the CD player route (perhaps invest in a Marantz/Cambridge player)?
Pros: hm...excellent sound quality. I don't have to be tied to my computer if I want to listen.
Cons: Burning CDs (I have mostly FLACs with their respective .cues/.log so I can create an identical copy), and having to keep a stack of CDs next to me and if they get scratched, I cry.
Should I go for the dedicated DAC route (v800 perhaps)
Pros: With all the inputs from that back, it's rather "flexible"
Cons: Tied to my computer! My laptop must be on for me to get any music.
Please help me out here, and perhaps add to my pros/cons list. I am also wondering if there is a big difference between computer audio flacs and the physical copy, on a CD.
And to help you guys help me better:
My headphones right now are: Grado SR325is, Grado RS1i, Sony MDR-v6, Westone Um3x. (I will be getting flagship models such as HE-500 or LCD-2 once I get this mess sorted out).
I love listening to classical symphonies, metal, classic rock like Pink Floyd and electronica.
Edited by esn89 - 8/30/12 at 3:33pm