Good morning all,
I'm really enjoying my Hifiman HE-300s, purchased from one of our members here, and am looking for a reasonably priced amp/dac set up ($200 or less) that would pair well with my HE-300s and maybe also my Shure 840s.
I would consider both desktop options (Schiit, etc) or portables (Fiios). Portability or use with a portable player is not a top priority as both my headphones can work reasonably well with portables (Galaxy S4 and Ipod), so I would definitely be fine with strictly a desktop set up to use at home if it produces better results.
I don't have a big desktop computer with top of the line gaming/sound components or a fancy media-first laptop; just a business series ultrabook laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad S series). Probably doesn't have much in the way of a good soundcard, and I don't want to replace it given warranty concerns (already swapped the drive for a SSD and that's all I'm going to do).
The laptop does not have a line out, just headphone jack. I was thinking of amp only, but plugging through the headphone jack isn't optimal, so I figured a combo with DAC would be best.
I was looking at the Schiit Modi/Magni combo, but if anyone has alternatives they recommend, I would certainly appreciate it. The Fiio E18 also looked tempting given its compatibility with the S4.
EDIT: I would also like something that's a bit future proof for my headphone purchases down the road, so if I decide on one of the better Sennheiser models or an ortho, I can still use this set up with decent results.
Edited by newton2105 - 2/25/14 at 9:26am