Originally Posted by David RoBa
So at last my first post.
Here I come:
I got a pair of Grado 225i and now I want a desktop amp/dac combo for them. I have "reduced" my list to this:
Schiit Asgard 2 + Modi
I am looking for:
Something to match my Grado´s (able to match good with some SR2i´s in the future)
ease of use (usb, A/C)
best bang for buck
I listen to rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, world music and electronic so my listening habits are all over the place.
I do not care for looks or size. I may consider used gear from reputable sellers.
Thanks for all your help.
i've just gone through what you are going through
congrats on the 225's, i've had mine almost a month now, and love them.
i already had a fiio e10, which is pretty good, i got it for $50something i believe, about a year ago
i wanted something more, the first thing i got was an audioengine d1, amp/dac, volume knob controls
both headphone and speaker volume if you have desktop speakers, i picked it over the modi/magni combo
because of the ease of use.
then i kept hearing so much about the hrt microstreamer, so, while i was still in my return window, i returned
the d1, and got the microstreamer, its $190, amp/dac combined, it sounds great !! i love it
but, i listen to speakers about as much as my headphones, and i didn't want to keep having to
changing cables, so i got a fiio eo9k heaphone amp($109 amazon), just for convenience sake, and
to my surprise, the fiio amp makes the microstreamer sound even better !
if you only have $200 now, i'd go for the microstreamer, then maybe down the road and a dedicated amp
the d1 is really good, $180, and the m/m, is good also, there are many good choices in the 2-300 dollar neighborhood
just buy from somewhere you can return items if you don't like the sound