Hey guys, I'm not really new here as I've been a member for quite some time but I've recently got reinvigorated in to the headphone space again. Anyway, I've recently been considering getting a DAC/Amp to use with my mac. I want to get something somewhat compact and small so that it doesn't take up a ton of real estate on my desk. Right now cost really isn't much of an issue but I want to try to keep it less than $1000 and of course the cheaper the better... so long as it meets my needs and sounds better than the output from the mac (and my B&W mm-1's).
Anyway... here are some details on what I'd want to use the amp for:
- Listening to music from iTunes as the source
- Watching movies
- Watching TV through my local slingbox
I'm not true audiophile but I do appreciate good quality sound... Also, I'd like to get a tube amp... mainly because I've never had one and am curious about them.
Most of the time I'd probably be using the DAC/Amp with my Philips Fidelio X1's or Beyerdynamic COP's and in the future I'd look to possibly get the HD800 or LCD2.
The DAC/Amps that I've been considering are below:
- HIFIMAN EF-2A
- Schiit Modi + Vali
- Woo Audio WA7
- Vmoda Vamp Verza
- Fostex HP-P1
My question is that considering that I'm new to DAC's/Amp's, would it be better for me to start with the HIFIMAN EF-2A or comparable Schiit for not much more OR would I be better off in the long run if I waited and saved up money for the WA7? Also, I'm wondering if I'd be able to tell an appreciable difference between the 3 options? Or would any of them be so much better than the output of my mac that I'd most likely be happy with any of the 3 options?
Thanks in advance!!!
Added some portable options as well... wondering also if any of you would advise against getting portable options to use at home? I am considering those as well since they would seem to give me some more versatility to be able to use them on the road with my IEM's.
Edited by tangfj - 1/21/14 at 9:06pm