I just ordered the LCD-X and I need a proper amp & DAC for it. After quite a lot of research here's what I came up with:
- Burson Conductor
From what I gather it is one of, if not, the best all-in-one package in this price segment. Yet I read that the DAC is not up to the same lofty quality as the amp part. Which leads to...
- Burson Soloist + Arcam irDAC
- Burson Soloist + Schiit Bifrost Über
Both DAC seem to be outstanding performers for their respective price. As I read so many positive reviews of the Conductor/Soloist I think, as of writing, I would prefer to go for one of those three options. Yet, as you may have guessed, there is (at least) one more...
- Schiit Gungnir/Mjolnir
Would have the benefit of balanced out for the LCD-X, which some people seem to prefer. The downside is that it would only work with an adapter with my other headphones, such as the HE-400 and the SR125. And I'm not sure this would be such a great match for either of those 'phones.
So, you may have guessed my budget by now: 1500 - 2000 Euros max. And yes, that's Euros. So, unfortunately there is no way I'm going to import from the US or China thanks to taxes and customs fees. Which takes the WA7 out of the equation as I cannot seem to find any retailers in the EU.
Any recommendations or comments?
Thanks a lot in advance.