I almost jumped on this for my first DAC/AMP combo (for my upcoming PC build) but I don't want to have to worry about the HP-A4 not being able to to drive a high impedance headphone. What would be a great desktop DAC/AMP in the same price range, or lower, as the HP-A4 that can receive audio from a PC (USB?) but also be AC powered? I don't care if it's a all-in-one unit or two devices. I've just started my research and have these on my list to consider but mind you the list is beta/rough draft ;)
Schiit Modi/Asgard 2
Maverick TubeMagic D1 Plus Edition
To tell you the truth I haven't even checked to see if any of those choices above are AC powered as I didn't know I wanted that as an option until reading this thread. I love to research and research but to tell you the truth I'm burned out from picking my PC components and buying a new bike after 6 months of research. A huge point in the right direction would be great.
Is a DAC/AMP still the way to go for PC audio even over a high end sound card such as the Asus Xonar Essence STX or Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZXR?
I would be gaming/music (streaming and lossless) on headphones 70%/speakers 30% of the time
Thank you so much