Anyway, I'm having trouble deciding on my next upgrade.
My setup is as follows:
Source: computer with 320kbps mp3's and a growing collection of FLAC's
DAC: Onboard, ASUS Xonar DG, or Schiit Modi
Amp: had a Vali, broke, sent it back for asgard 2 (haven't ordered it yet)
Cans: Audio Technica ATH-AD700's
Also, have a pair of mirage m190is's powered by a Lepai 2020.
I mostly looking to upgrade my headphone experience. I am debating between getting a Schiit Asgard 2, garage 1217 Project Ember, or Mr. Speaker's Mad Dogs.
For an amp, I would really like a pre-amp out for the speakers, thus A2 and PE. When I had vali it started thinking that I'm not quite sure the AD700's have the clarity and detail I'm looking for. They also picked up some tube noise, which I guess sensitive cans do. But from my readings, the first upgrade should usually be the headphones.
My DAC-I can return the Modi as well, as i'm still in the 15 day period, and I wasn't too flattered by the Xonar DG over my onboard. (Realtek ALC892)
I'm just wondering what would produce the "best" sound. I understand it's largely a matter of preference, but am I most likely better off returning the Modi and Getting the Mad Dog's and a cheap amp to drive them? or would modi, asgard 2, and the AD700's likely sound better?
Any opinions or input here would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by pkryan - 2/28/14 at 10:31am