I've narrowed down my search for a DAC+amplifier for my brand new HE-400s to the following options:
- (JDS Labs) ODAC+O2
- DACport LX + [(Fiio) E11 OR JDS Labs cMoy]
I can get either combination for just less than $300.
Which option would you recommend? I'm hearing mixed reviews about ODAC and O2... some people love both, some people think the ODAC can be screechy and fatiguing and the O2 lacks bass impact, among other things.
I think it's generally accepted that the DACport LX is superior to the ODAC. However, if I get that, I have less than $100 for an amp. Out of $100 amps, I gather that the E11 and cMoy are best, but I can't decide which has better synergy with the HE-400.
The O2 is probably better than the E11 or cMoy, but I can't afford that if I get the DACport, and I'm not sure if the HE-400 (being a low-impedance headphone) would even benefit from the additional amping power of the O2 over the E11.
Other suggestions are welcome as well, but the budget is $300!
Edited by Atriya - 11/8/12 at 2:13pm