Hi there head-fiers (that doesn't sound right),
I've been lurking around this site for a good couple of years now, learning stuff and generally just drooling over some of you okes' setups. So, after many moons of wondering and deciding, I have finally made up my mind and decided to buy myself a good set of cans. More specifically, the Sennheiser HD 439's. I know, not the best out there, but all that my measly budget allows.
Now I have also come to the realisation that I would need a decent (very subjective term that) headphone DAC/amp to really get the most out of my headphones.
My music listening habits is mainly in front of my home or work pc, so the USB interface is a must. Optical isn't that necessary, but would be nice. 24/96 is also high up, but I might be willing to let that slip. Music styles is mainly metal, with a helping of some heavy classical music when the mood strikes me.
Now, money wise I'm limited to about ZAR1500, or $150 for the rest of the world. I'm in Cape Town, South Africa, so postage would have to be included.
Currently I have narrowed down my choices to the following 4 DAC's. These are obviously not the only ones out there in my budget, but they are they one that caught my eye.
- NuForce Icon uDAC2 - R1485 (http://www.importitall.co.za/NuForce-Icon-uDAC2-Red-Digital-Audio-Converter-ap-B003Y5E8RE.html)
- Fiio E10 - R908 (http://www.importitall.co.za/FiiO-E10-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-ap-B005VO7LG6.html)
- Topping TP30 - R1510 (http://www.importitall.co.za/Topping-TP30-Class-T-Digital-Mini-Amplifier-with-USBDAC-15-WPC-ap-B005D7SKWK.html)
- iBasso D-Zero - ~R1250 shipping included, import tax not (http://www.ibasso.com/en/products/show.asp?ID=73)
So, people of Head-Fi, what do you suggest? Am I being a complete idiot in thinking that I can get something decent for this price, or are there hope still?
Thanks in advance for all the wonderfull advice that you guys will bestow upon me.