I'm looking for a new amp+dac combo. I plan to use it at home exclusively so I have 3 options that I like.
1. Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1+DAC
2. JDS Labs O2+ODAC
3. Schiit Audio Magni + Modi.
I am open to any suffestions that you have.
So at the moment, I am using the soundcard that came with my Asus A45V notebook computer. It's ok, but I'm looking for something that sounds a bit better, so I've put my options out there. All these cost about $300 in Australia (apart from the D1 which I have no idea how much shipping costs).
A question about amps (since I know almost nothing), can the D1 be used without tubes and still get the best sound out of it? I know that you need to replace tubes, but I don't think that is an option for me considering my limited budget.
So a bit about my situation:
-I will use it through my computer most likely
-I don't need portability ( I do most of my listening through my computer unless I'm on the move, I use a Sandisk Sansa Clip+).
-I use a pair of Sennheiser HD595 (MartinLogan Mikros 90 incoming also), but maybe plan to get HE-400 later when I have money, or something else that's nice (most likely will need some power to drive)
-I listen to a lot of different genres of music.
-When I listen, a lot of what I listen to while on the computer comes from Pandora internet radio which I love for finding new artists and music.
So I think that I've filled a lot in about who I am and what I want. Feel free to ask more questions