I'm looking for my next upgrade.
I currently use Sony Laptop (mostly Spotify) -> Fiio E17 (USB DAC) -> Matrix M-Stage Amp -> AKG K550/AKGK701/Senn HD600.
I'm pretty happy with the sound of the above setup, but of course I'm always looking for that extra quality level.
The obvious choice for a new DAC would be the compatible Matrix, but would it offer me anything that I don't already achieve with the Fiio E17?
I'll be selling the E17, and will have approximatley £200 to spend on a DAC, but I'm concerned that the Matrix DAC won't really be much of a step up.
I listen to mostly 'rock' (not metal), occasional classical and jazz, and I like a decent bass response, with clarity, separation and a decent soundstage.
Any thoughts / views woud be appreciated.
Thanks for reading this.