Sorry I know this has probably been covered 4 million times,
Main use will be for music from pc, current using a dgx which is not that great and that's driving HD518's but will eventually be looking to upgrade to something more higher end, prob HD650, but wanna start with dac first, then amp. I am after best quality for price, no fussed about it taking a while to buy component , Budget for DAC would be £100 and would need optical input, USB would be good but not essential, also needs to be extenal, not interested in soundcards.
Is it worth getting DAC/AMP combined or worth buying separate DAC and AMP (id buy the DAC now and amp later when headphones upgraded.) I feel if I spend around £100 on just solely an DAC it would be better quality than a DAC/ AMP combo, is that right? if not happy to listen to suggestions.
And which DACs would be best, seen several I have considered the Audioengine D1 Premium 24 Bit, but if I am gonna stretch a bit extra would like to know weather the dac only theory would be better at 140
Also looked at dacmagic xs and dragonfly 1.2, but both are dac/amp but cant seem to find much on the DAC only in £100 range.
Edit: just found that Beresford TC-7510, know its a DAC/AMP, but is only 105.00 and has 5 stars on what hifi, anyone here know more
Edited by Crayonmuncher - 5/13/14 at 3:04pm