I've been lurking this forum for some time now and I wanted to see how you guys would recommend accomplishing the following:
I'm looking for a headphone amp for my RS1i's. I've decided on a MAD Ear Super II (I think this offers power for more demanding headphones than the Ear + HD, but I'm not entirely sure), but now I need a digital source (figuring out analog is a different problem for a different day).
I need a source that will be able to output to my headphone setup as well as my 2 channel setup. What would be the best way to accomplish this? [Digital Source, Analog Source] > Integrated Amp > [Headphone amp (via Pre-Out?) > Headphones], [Speakers]? If so, what would you recommend to someone who is willing to invest in a long term setup with a strong emphasis on the headphone listening? Eventually, I'd like to be able to have 2 different headphone flavors using the same amp.
Ultimately, I will be using a dedicated Mac Mini feeding .aiff lossless rips of CD's and high res files.
A few intersting, albeit yet to be auditioned options I saw were the Yulong D18, Naim V-1, Woo Audio or Oppo 105, but I'm also open to recommendations from other manufactures. My listening is primarily Jazz and Classical, but when I have company over I'd like it to be able to run the gamut from EDM to Classic Rock.
I liked the Oppo because it was a jack of all trades source that can accept discs and digitally stored media, but I feel I may not use the disc transport very much in favor of ripped CD's. Most video I just record on TIVO or stream from Amazon Prime Instant. Anyone have any recommendations regarding this digital source or how I might accomplish using the same source for my headphones and my 2 channel stereo?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by nickfas - 3/23/14 at 9:02pm