until a little time ago I was a rather satisfied user of an ODAC+O2 combo driving my Sennheiser HD600 at home. I mostly listen to concerts (piano and viola my fav instruments, Gould, Argerich and Maisky my trinity for that ). Opera, pop (mostly 60, 70 and 80s), jazz (bebop to cool) and world music my other fav genres. I never found electronic or hard rock/metal and their brethrens suiting my tastes.
I am getting oldish and feel very well my hearing is not what it used to be (it was VERY good) and even have a few acuphenes :-(
I like listening to music in the quiet of my house and the closed cans are needed to avoid bothering wife and kids when I have insomnia at night and wish to hear music.
I also like to have closed to isolate myself from a very noisy open space at work. I put on my Glenn Gould playlist and can concentrate thinking and writing my stuff.
Portable music is not something I'm too interested in having.
Have opened a thread on closed cand and some forum members very kindly gave me good advice which at the end led me to consider buying a single cord MrSpeakers Alpha Dog.
The dilemma I am facing is about keeping the ODAC+O2 combo at least for now, will it drive the Alpha acceptably ?
There's a guy (I live in Italy) selling a 6 months old SCHIIT LYR + BIFROST incl. UBER ANALOG Upgrade + USB GEN 2 Upgrade + Pyst RCA cable and he's asking for 850 euros (I know the same new combo costs 1000 US$ but the experience when you add S&H, VAT and import tariffs is that for things I buy from the USA to Italy you can safely approximate 1US$ = 1Euro).
I wonder if this combo would drive the AD significantly better. I don't like to hear my music very loud but since some of the music (esp. classical) had a lot of dynamics I sometimes need to raise levels to follow the quiet parts. I also strongly dislike any source that produces noise and must say both the O2+ODAC and also a DYI valve DAC/Ampli I bought on ebay with a special powers source that weighs around 8 pounds lol, are dead quiet with no hums or hisses.
So go for the AD and keep O2 or I would not be expressing the AD potential well enough to warrant the expense (would then consider a lower tier between Mad Dog with Alpha cups, AKG K550 or Senn Momentum).
Hope my bad English still enabled you to understand what advice I'm seeking.
Thanks in advance