This is a followup post to the "$500 budget for Mag Dogs" thread someone else posted. They settled on a Schiit Bitfrost and Asgard 2.
I currently have the Mad Dog's with the Schiit stack and probably will get the Alpha Dog's once reviews start coming in (and possible offered in another colour other than red) but I am looking for the best separates under $1k.
I have read many times that the Mad Dogs do scale well in terms of performance when given more power. I am really not looking at DIY or tube amps, and I have read that Audio-gd provides a much better product for the dollar compared to others.
I do not know whether I like a warm sound. I listen to a lot of ambient/house/deep house/chillstep music. I have only listened to my Mad dog's through an FiiO E10 and the Schiit M/M stack.
+ Audio-gd NFB-17.32 - $500 (Supposedly neutral DAC) - Link
+ Schiit Bifrost Uber - $525 (Seems like the goto suggestion) - Link
Amps (Solid state only please)
+ Audio-gd SA31SE - $575 (Can set level of "warmth" and provides lots of power) - Link