Hello head-fi, long time lurker but after hours of searching I still haven't been able to find clear enough information to answer my question.
Dipping my toe in the water of finer audio equipment - I have 2 pairs of headphones in the mail at the moment to satisfy the breadth of music that I listen to (ATH-M50 and Grado SR-60i). I listen to all of my music from my PC, and have the choice of bad onboard audio or a Creative soundcard that probably isn't ideal (carries the X-Fi name but in fact does not use the X-Fi chip).
The solution that I think would work best for me is a USB DAC into a JDS Labs cMoyBB (mainly for the grados). I have been searching for the cheapest possible USB DAC (or DAC/amp that can be used purely as a DAC) that delivers clear as possible signal into the cMoy. Initially, I liked the idea of the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II, but after some research I have some concerns about the extreme loudness people are reporting. I also looked into the HiFiMan HM-101 but I've read from multiple sources that it colors the sound to be slightly warm even through the line-out.
So my question is, does anyone have experience with either of these DACs or have any other suggestions for a <$50 USB DAC?
Edited by fits - 11/21/12 at 10:25pm