I've recently got my downstairs system set up with the Mad Dog headphones and Schiit Magni amp running out of my Squeezebox classic. I'm really enjoying the sound of this set up and want to duplicate it as much as possible up in the office while using the computer. I blew a lot of my "fun" money on the Mad Dog/Magni combo but can probably justify $250 or so for a DAC/amp plus another $100 for headphones/earphones.
My motherboard has both optical and coax outputs, so I would like to take advantage of those, instead of using USB. My listening is a little of everything with an emphasis on classic rock, jazz, blues.
What should be my top candidates for this? Also, if there is any feedback on either headphones or earphones in the $100 range I'd be interested in that as well. The headphones can be open-backed as it's just me in the compute room, so isolation isn't an issue.