Howdy all; first post on Head-fi.
I'm looking to purchase a DAC/amp combo for my K701, and I've narrowed it down to the ones mentioned in the title.
Which would be the better choice?
I'd say wait a little. The Schiit amps are just released and there isn't much impressions around. The O2/ODAC is rather hyped up, but there are measurements proving that it indeed is neutral, both by it's maker and Tyll at InnerFidelity.
The Schiit amp and DACs have rather impressive specs looking at Schiit's site, not to mention they'll be cheaper than the O2/ODAC combo. I'd wait if I were you.
Do you really need to compare two dime-a-dozen options at length, when you're only going to be using them once in the signal chain?
Chances are your headphones are going to have a significantly higher impact on degrading the sound than either of these, because DACs aren't really complicated anymore (not that R2R/Ladder were complicated either, but thetasigma is nice and easy to make).
Stop worrying about the public opinion, sheeple and just read the information for yourself at your price point. It's easy to understand which amps and dacs are good. You don't need to have a degree in reading graphs, and very few people don't understand the specs of amps, whereas almost the entire community can't read headphone graphs properly. How is the opinion of the uninformed masses going to change your opinion?
It's not. And if it does, you're making a bad choice by not learning about things you wish to invest time and money into.
Hopefully we won't have to listen to hoards of morons who praise nwavguy as the saviour of bargain amplifiers when you can get comparable or better performance for less, and have been able to for a long time; as though he is some kind of messiah to bring about unique designs and ideas, instead of entry level knowledge and plagiarised boards.