Originally Posted by auvgeek
Okay, learning more and more here. Thanks for edjumicating me. Little confused, though: isn't the Compass supposed to be a high-end DAC with a decent amp? What's the point of adding a cheaper DAC like an iBasso in front of the Compass? I mean, you're still going over USB at some point. If I were to do that, would I have better luck pairing something like the iBasso with a dedicated amp like the Bottlehead Crack?
I'll probably just order the Tenor USB upgrade at some point (provided shipping is reasonable).
I don't use the D7's DAC, just its SPDIF output. It is a USB-to-SPDIF converter and can double as a simple USB DAC with headphone amplifier.
Compass, even the Compass 2, isn't truly high-end, but it is good enough to show you what you've been missing out on versus soundcards and portable media players.
I bypass the Compass' amp with a KICAS headamp (discontinued).
On an unrelated note, I don't want vacuum tubes in my equipment again. Cute gimmick, but not my cup of tea, unless we're talking about a hardware VA synth - tube distortion is best done by a real tube.