I'm about to get married and I have finagled an extra bedroom into my 'office'. Unfortunately it shares a wall with our teenage son so the Quads are gonna have to be shut down in the evenings. I work nights for a month and days for a month . On my days off, specifically when I'm on nights I stay on the night schedule. Life is easier that way, 3 on. 3 off etc. so I find myself up late on my days off. Doing paperwork and catching up on emails only takes up a couple hours and when the Family is asleep boring creeps in quickly. I don't want to sit at my desk all night and be chained to the PS Audio system.
What I am looking for is a portable high end DAC / headphone amp that can drive all or most of my cans to a high quality level, one that at least approaches the quality of my PS Audio system. One that can take an OPTICAL INPUT from an apple Airport Express. (all my music, 3 TB of ALAC on my Mac)
The airport Xpress has to be plugged into the wall, so a DAC/AMP could also be plugged in as well but doesn't need to be. What I want is a system that can easily go from the shop, to the basement, even to the garage that doesn't weigh 10 lbs. smaller is better in this scenario. I could go iPod/pad/phone to something but I don't know If there is a light and easy way to get digital out of any of those to a DAC.
I realize this is an odd and very specific rig I'm looking for. Im sure with the vast knowledge here I will get some good recommendations.