I'm looking to build myself the best mid priced desktop system I can. So what does mid-priced mean to me? I'm looking to spend about $1500 for headphones, amp, and DAC with roughly $500 going to each. Of course, those numbers are flexible.
The headphones I've picked are HD600s. This is set in stone. They are neutral-ish with good balance. I've had a chance to hear them, and they are exactly what I'm looking for.
So I'm looking for suggestions on an amp, and more importantly, a DAC to go with them. Only requirement is that the DAC must have optical in. I already have several combos in mind, but I would rather hear what others have to say without me commenting.
One final note, I am capable of doing DIY but I wont be able to do so for several months (life happens), and a bad case gear acquisition syndrome demands I take action soon. So for the sake of this thread lets assume I can't, so any DIY suggestion must take into account builder services.
So there you have. About $1100 for the best amp and DAC combo you can think of. Show me what you got Head-Fi.