I recently purchased a pair of Audez'e LCD3 phones, and wow, they are really that good. I need to upgrade my hardware to let these phones give me their full potential. Right now I am considering the following equipment, but am open to suggestions from those with experience with their suggestion and the LCD3's. I also welcome any comments on the pairing of the below equipment and the LCD3's. I have read a lot, and have a lot more to read, I really want to pair them with well matched hardware to fully enjoy them.I would like to keep the cost under $3,000
Choices so far:
Cary Audio HH-1 headphone amp AND Cary Audio Xciter DAC
Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone amp possibly with Bryston BDA-2 (a little over budget)
April Music Eximus DP1 DAC (can be used as headphone amp, preamp and DAC)
I have as Musical Fidelity M1 Dac and a KingRex UD384, either of which I could use with this setup if I only purchase an amp. You can view my other equipment in my profile.
I have read great things about gear from Woo and Audio-GD but haven't narrowed them down to a specific piece yet. Of my choices above I am leaning towards the Bryston amp and saving for a little and buying a DAC in a short while. I like the fact that it is a balanced amp, which can only improve the sound quality.
Thanks in advance for you time and opinions. If you can point me to a thread that's already dealt with the same situation, please fell free to do so. Any input is appreciated.