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Hello I currently have a JDS Labs C421 (OPPA227) and an ODAC. I think it's time for an upgrade from a portable amp to a more powerful desktop amp and perhaps a new DAC as well. I enjoy this setup, but can only imagine how much better my setup would sound with a powerful desktop amp.

My current headphone inventory consists of HE-400, HD600, T50RP Mad Dogs, D5000, Pro 900, AD900, HM5, and HFI-780. I would like a solid state amp. I am considering the Schiit Asgard, Matrix M-Stage, O2/ODA, and other recommendations that you might have. I would like to keep the budget under $350.

The DAC is more questionable because the ODAC might be perfectly fine for entry level desktop amps such as the ones I have mentioned. I know its measured to be transparent, which is what I'm after, but if something such as the Schiit Bifrost, Cambridge Audio DAC Magic, or HRT Music Streamer II or II+ is worth it for this type of amp, then I would certainly consider the upgrade. Obviously open to other recommendations as well. I would like to keep this under $300 but can stretch if needed.

Just curious what you all think would be best for the budget, either ones I listed or others you know of that are better. Thank you very much.
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I also just discovered the Centrance Dacport LX, which also sounds like a great DAC.
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Just got the Asgard and am in need of similar advice on DACs.  I have a very basic DIY cable DAC (Burr-Brown PCM 2702) but looking for an upgrade.  Leaning toward a CEntrance or HRT just because they're USB powered and I already have enough cords in my life, but haven't made any final decisions yet.
 

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I just picked up an Asgard which should be arriving today. I decided to stick with my ODAC for now.

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