Hello. I'm new to this forum and whole world of audio devices, but recently I decided to purchase my first DAC+AMP combo.
Right now I have in mind ODAC+O2 and Yulong D100mkII, I heard good things about both of them, but I don’t trust USB that much, so I’m a little bit hesitant to buy ODAC+O2. Recently I read Head-Fi Summer 2012 Buying Guide! and ASUS Xonar Essence One looks like a good third contender, one more argument if favor of Asus is that I don’t have to wait for order to arrive from other country.
At this moment I have X-Fi Titanium and Audio Technica ATH AD 700, I will change my headphones once DAC arrives, most likely it will be Denon D5000, but I haven’t listened to them yet. X-Fi will stay, I’m planning to put audio signal through Toslink.
What people here can say about these 3 DAC+AMP combos? Which one is better? I would prefer to keep it under 500$.