Originally Posted by purrin
I stand by my recommendation of a $400 DAC with this $120 amp.
When I stated exactly that, a few monts ago, various people ridiculed it (incl TMRaven ).
I am using a $350 DAC, the HRT MSTwoPlus, and I know exactly how it compares to the $150 HRT MSTwo. My peception is that I would rather have the $200 spent in the DAC than after the DAC in the chain.
Why? Because once your DAC is missing information, even a $1600 amp and HD-800s cannot put back the missing information. In fact, the quality amp and super-analytical headphones will clearly show you that your DAC is not reproducing what is on the recording.
Let's see - $350 DAC, $120 Vali and $180 MA900s - I would rather have that than $100 DAC and $550 worth of amp & headphones.