I frequently use a Wolfson DAC -equipped SACD player's analog outs into a NuForce Icon HDP. I really like sound of those components, together, and so I am pretty happy with the amp section of the Icon HDP w/ a linear power supply.
However, taking the same Redbook audio, ripped lossless, and played back via USB from my MacBook Pro... I don't care as much for the sound. It sounds "thin" to me, I guess, without trying too hard to describe the difference in sound signature. I've played around with PureMusic, Audirvana+ and Bitperfect; I've convinced myself that I need a new DAC for computer music playback.
So, I am curious what head-fi'ers would recommend as a replacement DAC. In other words, MacBook Pro -> <new DAC> -> line-level out to Icon HDP -> headphones.
I've been looking at the line-up from Schiit, particularly the Bifrost, but I wonder if that's money well spent or if I need to go further upstream in price to really perceive a difference.
Thanks, in advance.