EDIT: Ok so I want a dac/amp combo. I can spend around $200ish if it is really worth it. A must for me is a good soundstage, natural sound, and good detail. I don't want any dac/amp that is not good in those regards.
Also, I know this thread is old but can some one comment on the O2+ODAC combo versus the Magni/Modi. I between a good black friday deal on the O2 ODAC combo and just buying the Magni/Modi.
I currently listen to my audio technica A900Xs from an old Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard (mid 2000s). I was fooling around the other day and plugged my headphones into an amp my family uses downstairs to power two old speakers hooked up to a record player. I noticed that even with just sourcing out of my phone the sound was much better than with my computer. This all got me to thinking about my set up and I was wondering with black friday and cyber monday coming around if I might be able to get a good deal on a DAC and an amp.
I listen to mostly choral and a capella music, which often involves multiple people singing different parts that overlap in the same frequency ranges. Often times bad headphones have a lot of trouble articulating all these parts at the same time. My current headphones do a very good job at this but when I plugged them into the amp downstairs, I noticed a big difference in sound quality and separation, and that is just a crappy home theater amp (see here) with the music coming from my phone on lossy MP3s! So I guess the kind of DAC or amp I would want would be ones that sound very natural and work well with the human voice, thats why I like the A900Xs so much to begin with.
Sorry for all the long paragraphs. If you are still with me, advice would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to maybe spend around $100 but that is not really a maximum or a minimum. I am looking for the price point that would give me the best return on investment.
Edited by chili dude96 - 11/28/13 at 3:16pm