Hello all first post on Head-fi! I am currently using the Asus E1 DAC/Headphone amp with my Beyer T1's. I will shortly be receiving my Woo Audio WA2 leaving my chain as FLAC files>E1>WA2>T1's. Looking at this combination I think the weak link in the chain will most likely be they E1. Would I receive any benefit from getting a DAC such as the Schiit Gungnir. I've been looking at this DAC because it can be balanced (potential upgrade path far in future) and I can actually find one easily inside the US. I have seen others recommend the EE Minimax but I have had difficulty finding one other than the Plus version which was like 1200 dollars compared to the 750 of the Gungnir.
So in summary is there a DAC you all could recommend that would be an improvement, at least noticeably, over the Asus E1.
-would the Schiit Gungnir qualify as this DAC?
Also I am not planning on using speakers later
My Budget is probably 1000 dollars although I would rather spend aroun 700-800 or less.
My pc is my source, but I have a sound card so USB input isn't a necessity
Thanks for any input!