I have a pair of Heir Audio 4.A's currently running out of my Leckerton UHA-6SII (which I love) but I want to be able to leave that at the office rather than shifting it back and forth every day.
I like the neutral sound and would like something that kept that relatively similar. However, I'm not tied to it having an integrated DAC (would be nice, but I can always get a separate DAC). What I would like, if possible, is a preamp out for my powered speakers. Right now they're just a set of Acoustic Energy Aego M's, but I am considering upgrading them to something a bit better after this next upgrade.
Can anyone give me any suggestions? The one I have looked at is the HeadRoom Micro Amp/DAC combo but I don't know how it sounds. I also considered the HeadRoom Desktop Amp as it does have all the features I'm considering. However, I don't know much about the sound v. others.
Budget is <$1,000. Less would be better if it doesn't have a DAC and I'll need to think about getting one. I prefer a more neutral sound signature but would be OK if the sound was a bit on the warmer side of neutral. If it there's an integrated DAC I'd like 24/96.
I did look at a few of the options from Yulong but I did a bit of research and heard about some issues with Macs and have decided to avoid that brand for now. I have SPDIF-out on my machine so no problems there.