This will be my first real AMP / DAC purchase. Up until now, my headphones have been pretty easy to drive, mainly an ATH-M50 and a DT 770 32 ohm. I've just been using a Fiio E6.
But, I just picked up a Denon AH-D2000 today and have an HD600 on the way. The D2000 is another easy to drive but with the HD600 coming, I'll finally need something a little more substantial to power the HD600 and bring out some nicer sound out of all my headphones.
I only use my headphones at home on a laptop PC and a Cowon iAudio x5 media player. So I need something that I can use with both. I live in Korea and use a power adapter for my electronics from the U.S. I often have two headphones going at the same time as my girlfriend and I like to listen together, and I also like comparing headphones. Up until now, I have just been using a splitter. I know some amps have two headphone jacks. If there is one with two jacks with separate volume controls, that would be awesome if it exists.
My budget is $150-$300. I've been considering the following:
- Fiio E9K + E17
- Schiit Magni + Modi
- Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1
- HRT HeadStreamer USB DAC/AMP
- NuForce Icon HD
- Matrix Cube
With so many options, I'm a bit overwhelmed. Please help me arrive at a final decision. Given the background, what do you think will be the best choice for me?
Thanks for your help!
Edited by Audionaut - 1/8/13 at 8:02am