Hey I've got beyerdynamic dt990 pro 250ohm that I recently bought. (I also got some bookshelf speaker [ESM-4] for when I want to work freely in my room)
I'm currently running it from my integraded sound card of my motherboard (asrock z87 extreme4, id like to keep the driver from that since I can use my speaker and I dont feed on my microphone)) to a 3.5mm adapter to RCA cable that run through my kenwood oldschool amp (KA6100)(it is big).
I've been hearing noise from the amp when my main monitor goes to a white color and a different one when the monitor reproduce black or anyother color. basicly I get interferance for the monitor like if the video card was coilwhinning.
So I've been looking into DAC for the past 2 months or so.
My choice nearly stopped to a maverick D1 plus (275$ with shipping and exchage rate) since it has optical and USB, an integraded tube amp (never heard headphone from a tube amp and I am kind of currious) plus that fact that it goes 24bit/192khz in optical and 24bit/96Khz via USB
I don't know how I would run it, if i use the tube amp for my phone, or tube preout to my kenwood amp to my headphone. ( That is something to check once I got my DAC)
Like any aware buyer, I just looked into kijiji for deal and found TEAC UD-H01 DAC for 345$ (taxe in) new.
or a Cambridge Audio DacMagic for 250 used
or Cambridge Audio DacMagic100 for roughly 230$
At the first glance, the TEAC look way higher end(32bit...) then the other one...
I don't have a budget since I plan to keep a DAC for the rest of my life (student, 20years old), and from a future perspective, everything is going digital, and it is like a good buy.
As always, I want the best bang for my money (with a higher quality of course, otherwise my motherboard's soundcard does it for free...)
I am not an audiophile like most of user in this forum, but I appreciate well reproduced sound
I listen to anything: Movies, Game, Metal, Rock, to classic and popular, I want my device to be versatile.