I've been away from my fullsize rig for a couple of years now. While the JH16 is a great portable companion during that time, I just miss the sound of the cans. After digging the HD650 out of storage and cleaning it up, I realized I misplaced the Singlepower PPX3 Slam. And I have no DAC. So I return to the board looking for inspiration. Originally I only wanted a solid-state budget combo that is acceptable with a bit of portability (as I'll be moving around a lot the in the upcoming year). So many new faces but I narrowed down to the o2/odac and Schitt M/M. But staying true to the "I'm sorry for your wallet" spirit here at HF, I discovered the Burson HA160D, which ticks all boxes for me. Then I saw the Woo WA7 vs the PanAm thread, both which are quite versatile and good-looking I might consider tubes after all.
My question is, how would the o2/odac or M/M stack up against bigger guys like HA160D/WA7? If the difference is substantial, then what other products stand out at that price bracket (cash is tight right now so I'm hoping to stay within the $1000 mark)? How does the Burson fare against the WA7?
Thank you in advance for any recommendations/suggestions.