Long time lurker; first post.
I'm looking for a multi-use amp to drive my entire range of cans, the HE-500, HD 650, and Beyer DT 880 600Ohm. I'm currently using a Xonar Essence STX with both the built in amp and also as a DAC connected via RCA output to a slightly modded Bravo Audio V2. While this gear can sound decent with the Senn's and Beyer, both amps lack the punch and control to power the HE-500. I'm looking for an upgrade both in power and sonic performance and would like to have an external DAC + amp combo unit with the following:
- Digital and USB input
- Analog RCA input and output; I'd like to be able to use the device as an all-in-one, a standalone DAC, and as just an amp
- Enough power to drive the orthos
- Singled ended output
I am open to a separate component DAC and amp setup but would like to keep the cost < $700. Thanks!