Originally Posted by flomofo
I just got my ZXR but plan on selling it as I want to have an external amp/processor unit or combo for my headphones and speakers.
My desk will have an LG 29ea93 on top of a short pedestal which should easily fit a headphone amp, but what are my options for an amp/processor that can handle the headphones (surround gaming/2 channel music) and a set of monitors such as the Q concept 20's?
I could settle for Audioengine A5+ monitors if it means a smaller amp/processor combination as it wont have to drive larger speakers
What is your total budget? And what kind of headphones do you have to hook up with the setup?
If you want one unit that can drive speakers, has a DAC, and a headphone amp, then your main choice is a home audio integrated amp, stereo receiver, or audio video/receiver. If you have low impedance headphones (say 32 ohm), those units are not a great choice. They also tend to be pretty big. An exception is the Teac AH01-S
(which might handle lower impedance headphones--I don't know). Of those, audio/video receivers often offer the best bang for the buck because they are produced and sold in such large quantities. AVRs also have bass management, which is nice if you ever want to hook up a sub.
Otherwise, I'd look for a DAC/headphone amp that also has pre-amp capabilities for extra analog out. Then you would hook either powered speakers or a separate amplifier to power speakers up to that unit. Audioengine D1
or Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 DAC
will both work for that. There are better sounding options if you are willing to spend more.