Originally Posted by cel4145
I would personally go with an Audio-GD combined dac/amp in that budget range if you need optical and coaxial. If you ever want to use desktop speakers with your setup, you'll be glad you have the line out/preamp capability so that you don't have to plug and unplug the DAC from speakers and headphone amp.
To tell you the truth, I don't like Chinese products, And I definitely don't trust their designs, Also, You cant use your card to buy online, you have to email them which is odd. Bifrost Is American made , is fully upgradable and gets better reviews compared with Audio-GD DAC/AMPs. I like to show it to my friends and say : hey, here is my American DAC !!!. I don't want a DAC/AMP , I want standalone DAC's and AMPs.
I will eventually buy a tube amp as well. since I want to ultimately buy an audiophile tier headphone: like LCD-2 , HD800, T1 , Or high end Grados ( when I am rich) . So a good DAC and AMP will always be useful. ( good investment.)
Another Question , Do E09K and O2 have enough power to drive my headphones which I listed above?