Getting ready for my first dac/amp purchase to use primarily with headphones in my home office.
Dac/amp budget (for now) is under $800.
Might start with closed headphones for my home office environment (thinking of AlphaDogs ), but may add open headphones later. Current headphone budget is <$700, plus the cost of a lottery ticket for upgrading later ;-)
Will try to get a deal on used gear. But based on the cost of new, thinking of :
1) Centrance HiFi M8 which has advantages of being portable should I need it, balanced output, and can handle a variety of impedances, etc. Could keep it for a portable solution when I eventually upgrade.
2) Schitt bifrost/lyr combo which may have higher SQ, and offers hybrid tube / ss design. I think it has enough power at all impedances . not sure, since I don't know for sure which phones I'll get. I think I can live without portability, but would probably eventually upgrade.
Either option would be < $800. Since I haven't been able to listen to these products, I'd appreciate hearing from those who have. Open to other recommendations within my budget.