I am at a premium for space at the moment and I'm looking to downsize. Currently I'm running a dvd player into a Sherwood 5.1 receiver I've had for years. I don't have speakers hooked up anymore, just use the headphone out for a pair of ATH-M50 phones. What I want to do is get something much smaller. Right now that big receiver on my night table is a bit... ubiquitous.
The question is (and I've not really found a good answer): How can I downsize and still get good quality sound? Do I just need to get a portable CD player (I have a Nexus 7 for any digital files I may have) and a little headphone amp, or do I need an amp/dac? Basically what I want is something like the Lepai 20 watt mini amp (http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Lepai-Tripath-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0049P6OTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390990369&sr=8-1&keywords=amplifier) but with a headphone jack.
Here are some more specific questions:
1. Is there a headphone amp that would let me listen to a CD changer or DVD player as a stand-in for the A/V receiver (assuming analog (RCA) inputs)?
2. Would I have comparable sound quality if I switched to a portable or small CD player and got a headphone amp like the little ones Fiio makes?
In closing the two things I want to stress are space is a premium (the flatter/smaller the better) and my outlying price would be about 140$. Less is better. Like I said I just want a small amp/pre-amp/receiver to listen to my opera on my headphones through my CD changer / DVD player. If it has a line input for my Nexus, even better.
Thanks in advance. Good to be on the forum.