I'm putting together a little desktop setup for use in work, I have Superlux 681EVO's on order and currently have an ELE EL-D02 DAC which will do me for the moment.
I'm getting tempted with upgrading to a nicer unit though for under £100, ideally £50-60, I'm thinking low end (even boards I can case up myself) but with sound quality in mind :) I know you get what you pay for but that's whats fun about this little project!
The question is should I get another DAC amp combo, or have a separate setup?
I'm very tempted with a valve amp but haven't heard anything run through one before. I understand they give off a warm sound though?.When I bought my Hi-Fi though I was told I liked the warm sound because of what I ended up choosing, I currently run a Marantz PM6400 and B&W 685 rear ported bookshelf speakers.... so is valve the way to go? I was looking at the the "Little Bear 12/6 series valve 12AU7 6922 6N11 Tube Headphone Amplifier" but have read on here that they're not very good and potentially damage your headphones!? Plus, I'm completely unsure as to what tube I'd buy with it in the event I did go with one, they look to be supplied with either a 12AU7, 6N11-J or 6922EH.
If I went down this route I was thinking perhaps a Stoner Acoustics UD110 could be used? Or should I just get a Sabre?
........am I over complicating all of this though?
Are there any suggestions given the above criteria you'd make assuming I'm using the Superlux 681EVO's with flacs of my CD collection?
Should I go with a combo instead like the HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC 2 or are there any well known valve combo options I've not found yet?!
Help! So so