I haven't been in touch with the latest developments and I would appreciate some input from you guys.
My past experiences with various headphones amplifiers haven't been conclusive enough for me to own one.
I auditioned a fair few but none was able to provide substantial improvements over the headphone out of my Meridian 551 integrated amplifier. That is what currently powers both my headphones and my speakers.
I'm extremely pleased with the sound quality of the Meridian, it is a superbly transparent amplifier.
But in recent times I listen to music more around the computer, than on the couch, so I'd value the commodity of having a separate device right next to my monitor.
In principle, I am looking for a headphone amplifier in the 300$ range, preferably compact in size, capable of driving inefficient AKG headphones like K501.
Alternatively I would also consider a dac/amp combination of similar pedigree, up to 400$ or so.
Thanks for reading and look forward to your suggestions.
Edited by Twolf - 3/14/14 at 3:52pm