I'm looking to finally fix my desktop audio situation. I don't have too much money to burn, so "bang for the buck" is necessary.
So far I had been considering to try out this setup:
laptop --> meridian explorer--> Ultrasone ED8s (30 Ohm) (headphone setup)
laptop --> meridian explorer--> some cheap amp --> Cambridge Audio S30
However, the portability of the Explorer means little to me (as I doubt it works with the HTC One phone), so I could combine the amp for the speakers and the DAC and get something even better in full size.
So here's where I need your help: Can you recommend a DAC+Amp combo that could provide just as good (if not better) sound than the Meridian Explorer, but also being able to power the (recommended 100W max amplifier) S30 bookshelf speakers?
I will be looking forward to hearing your opinions, gents.
Edited by DoomForce - 5/10/13 at 3:02am