I've stuck with my trusty Audio-GD NFB-12 for almost 2 years. It's outlasted a Schiit Bifrost and Schiit Asgard. I like its sound and price such that I sold the Schiit stack and kept the NFB-12 for primary use. I currently am using Fostex T50-RP and I'm very happy with them for the minimal investment.
I am going to make a pretty big leap to $1000+ headphones and accompanying DAC / Amp over the course of the next few months, but I'm not sure which one I should purchase first, the headphones or DAC/amp. I'm looking at Sennheiser HD800, or Audez'e LCD-2 Rev. 2, or LCD-3. For DAC/Amps, I think I am going to go for another Audio-GD product. Likely the NFB 10.32.
I am thinking that I should buy the headphones first and use them with my NFB-12 until I can purchase a new DAC/amp. Would my NFB-12 drive the LCD-2 or LCD-3? Realistically I think I will get the Sennheiser HD800. Should the NFB-12 be a suitable match for the short period of time with the HD800? I feel like there would be a bigger benefit in diving into new headphones, instead of getting a new DAC/Amp and using the Fostex T50-RP for several weeks.