Originally Posted by yay101
Hey, I just replied to a similar question, so here are some questions to help you on a direction to happiness.
What type of music do you listen to?
Do you like the sound signature of the ad700's?
Do you need an amp as well? (Either now or in the future)
The HRT, latest schiit products, ODAC from JDS labs are all in your price range and review fantastically. Do some searches and read some reviews and I am sure some more experienced head-fiers will be along to help shortly.
I don't currently have an amp, but I don't think the AD700s need one (I could be wrong). I enjoy the way the AD700 sounds, so I would say I'm happy with the signature. A warmer sound would be alright but I won't be disappointed if the DAC is plain. I don't know if I have a music genre I like to listen to most; I like to try out all kinds, from blues to rock to pop to electronic. Right now I'm listening to dubstep and classic rock, but I'm sure that will change as time goes on. So I'd like things to be all-arounders if possible.
Thanks for the help!