First of all, although I am new to this forum and don't know much about hifi, I did read the forum before posting here. But I still don't know what would be good for me.
I am looking for a good AMP + DAC combo under the 600$ price range. Here is my situation :
- I would like a more solide "desktop"-like settup to go with my Alienware M17 computer (I don't know if it's relevant, because I could not find "how good" is my sound card)
- Currently using the AKG 701 with a Cowon J3 + Fiio E11 AMP.
- Listening to FLAC files only (symphonic music, rock, pop, soul...).
Is there a go-to desktop AMP/DAC in my situation (because I understand I need both, right?) ? I've read for exemple that the Fiio E17 is good, but I don't see the purpose of buying a "portable" device when I intend to put it near my computer anyway. I m looking for a nice "fourniture" kind of stuff.
Also, something to consider for me is how easy it is to buy the product. I am living in France, and I found out that most of the high end recommanded products are not available on Amazon. Any advice on that matter ?
For exemple, the Matrix M-stage (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056ER22E/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=) is shipped from China, which seems crazy to me...^^
Thanks for the help !