Well if any of you have been on this forum much for the past few weeks you may have noticed that I have been having some issues trying to get a decent DAC that WORKS. I started with an Emotiva XDA-2, which I personally thought sounded pretty amazing for a $250 DAC/HP Amp - but alas, it broke in 2 days. Next, I upgraded to the DC-1, which I just got - and it is buzzing in asynchronous USB mode, and there is some static playing music.
My question is this: I am looking to spend $1000 or less on a DAC AND Headphone amp. It can either be a combined DAC/HP Amp, or 2 separate units.
Currently, I am using Hifiman HE-400 cans, but am also picking up a pair of LCD-2's, so I will need something powerful enough to drive either of them well.
Obviously, I would like to spend less if possible, and have been looking at the Yulong D100 MKII as a possible alternative to the DC-1. However, I might be open to simply returning the DC-1 to Emotiva for a replacement if it is the popular opinion that the DC-1 is the best DAC/Amp in this price range, and that I simply must have had two bad units from them. I'm struggling, because the build quality on both of the Emotiva's seems great, and they are so well regarded on the forums.
So, if you could have any combination of DAC and HP amp for under $1200 (but preferably less) - what would you go with?