...so I'm wondering if I can get something better sounding if I look for something not battery powered in the same (~€150) price range.
I've looked into getting a Xonar or similar sound card, but I think an amp with integrated DAC and both USB and optical inputs would be most useful to me right now. I don't need portable, but being able to somewhat easily move it between sources would make a (small) amp a better option than a sound card.
No plans for any exotics with strange power needs. Right now I want something for the Fidelio X1s that currently are in transit, and after that I'll probably buy a pair of closed cans in the same range so I can listen when people are around as well.
(Edit: Maybe this should be on the portable/non-full-sized amp board. Feel free to move it if necessary.)
Edited by anodyne - 10/7/13 at 9:42pm