So basically, I'm looking to switch/sell off my 2 channel setup and upgrade my computer's sound.
My 2 channel system is as follows:
sources: Rega P3 turntable and Rega Planet CD player
Intergrated Amp: Rega Brio 3
headphone amp: Gilmore Lite
Speakers: Focal Chorus 807v Bookshelf
interconnects: Atlas equator MKII RCA cables and Atlas hyper speaker cables
Headphones: Denon D2000
Here is a photo of my 2 channel setup:
My computer setup:
source: FLAC audio files currently going out of 3.5mm jack with onboard sound
Speakers: audioengine B5a (not the plus version, so I dont have RCA input jacks)
Headphones: Grado SR60 powered out of headphone output on computer case
Here is a photo of my computer setup
I'm looking for suggestions for a DAC preferably one with a headphone output that will be similar quality to the Gilmore lite. I love my Denon's but I'm also thinking about getting a pair of HD650's, so the amp/dac doesnt have to be specific to powering the Denon's. I've seen adds for the yulong D100 and Matrix quattro, which look good, but I'm not sure if they're above/below the level of the gilmore lite?
Is it better to use a USB to send sound to a DAC or should I be looking at optical or spdif? Do I need a sound card for that?
Also looking for suggestions of speaker placement on my desk - would it help if I had small stands or foam blocks? should I toe them in?
Thanks in advance