I am looking to build my computer as source (CAS) rig and looking for a combo of high-quality DAC and amplifier. There are several alternatives that come into my mind.
1) CEntrance DACmini
2) Schiit Bifrost + Lyr/Asgard
3) A portable DAC/Amp, maybe the CEntrance HiFi M8
CEntrance's DAC is in no doubt of really high quality. And their DACmini with a class A amp is also widely considered as a good combo for driving headphones.
The Schiit combo is also a popular choice recently. At a relatively low price, they are delivering some extraordinary performance.
The DACmini is an integrated one, which means I can save my wallet a bit as I don't need an RCA cable. However, the Schiit's combo is really a great bargain that produce great performance from many reviews.
This is really a struggle to me.
Moreover, a portable one has another huge advantage over the others. That is the portability and availability for me to use it with another computer as I switch computers for difference purposes while listening to music will not be changed.
Can someone here please give me some advice on which one should I get as the 3 of them are in the $650-750? Hopefully there are comparison of sound quality which I concernt he most.
Thanks a lot