I am finalizing on what I may need to have a decent rig for approximately $1-1.5k. So far, I figure I want a decent soundcard, which in my opinion tends to be the ESI Juli@. As far as a DAC, I'm looking at either the Emotiva XDA-2, the TEAC UD-H01, or the Schitt Bifrost. I'm pretty dead set on the Bottlehead Crack Amp with the Speedball upgrade, as I think this is definitely the best value as far as Headphone Amps go.
My question is, in order to properly drive my HD650s, is there a part of the equation I am missing? Is there something that I am planning on getting that I don't need? For instance, I know that the Emotiva XDA-2 is classified as a DAC, a preAmp, as well as a Headphone Amp, which I have read does not do a great job of driving the more demanding headphones. I have also seen the TEAC UD-H01 categorised as a Soundcard, a DAC, and an Amp. Do I need to get an internal soundcard like the Juli@?
My computer has the P8Z77-V Motherboard which has an S/PDIF output, which I could essentially use as the signal input for the DAC, which would mean that I don't need to upgrade to the ESI Juli@. I'm trying to keep away from getting the digital signal from the USB port on my PC.
I am really in desperate need of some help regarding this since I would really like to get the most out of my HD650s, and I just want to get components that I can hold on to in the future, as I go deeper into this voyage of sonic discovery.
Thank you all for your help. I am very open to suggestion, and I appreciate your understanding the fact that I am very new to this.
Edited by TurboRotaryFreak - 4/9/13 at 6:56pm