Originally Posted by LaPierre
Well, I agree a single package would be nice; but at the same time a stack gives you the option to buy both the best amp and the best DAC for their respective price. Also, schiit stacks seem to look pretty nice, at least Magni/Vali + Modi has a very small footprint. O2 and Odac is a nice looking combo, too.
I've actually been thinking about those (especially the O2 and ODAC combo) - but the reason I hesitate is because I'm not sure how much better they would sound compared to my Aune T1. I mean, the O2 amp section is probably better than the amp on my T1, but is the ODAC really that much better than the Aune T1's DAC? If I'm going to upgrade, I'd rather spend a bit more to get something that's a good deal better than what I have.
The reason I focus on the DAC is because of my own experiences. Before I got the T1, I used to mainly use the FiiO E17. When I listened to both the E17's DAC and the T1's DAC using the E17's headphone amp, there was no comparison - the T1's DAC was clearly better in pretty much every aspect. Hence why I'm so fixated on getting a good DAC.