After being underwhelmed by my Grant Fidelity TubeDac's sound and performance (especially now that it's stopped working and needs repair), i'm wanting to replace it.
My source is generally a macbook and 16/44. I already have a Rega Brio Amp and Rega Jura Loudspeakers and given everything I've read about the Rega DAC, I believe it's a good choice for me and my taste: more musical and analog than super hifi and analytical.
I have AKG Q701s.
My question is primarily: what headphone amp would be a great choice in this combo?
Matrix M-Stage seems safe and reasonably priced.
Rega Ear is another option, similar price and keeps everything by the same name.
Would I gain that much by going higher end? (Rhinelander, Ray Samuels)
I'm not a super critical listening audiophile and wonder at what point I'd cease to tell the difference. But I can certainly say that I've not yet been able to get the sound I used to love from my Rega Planet 2000 CPD. I'm hoping the Rega DAC will do that.