I'm currently planning on getting my Xonar DS out of my PC and building myself a DAC and an AMP. Since I'm switching to a SFF build this summer I need to ditch it. Now, I have been looking at the GrubDac and a tube CMoy combo, but I have no idea how to part my budget and what to build.
I have some soldering experience with a speaker amp and light modulator at school, but I never had to test a circuit or calculate resistor values so I plan on starting with something simple.
Opamp/tube wise, I have no idea what would be te best. I principally want good soundstage, imaging and a more energetic sound. I'm using a pair of HD668b and sometime my modded HD572.
Also, if there is something else I could get, I'm all in for suggestions.