Long time lurker here and while I generally understand most of the things going on with headphone equipment, there are just too many options for me to wrap my head around. My friend has finished school and he is upgrading his audio equipment with his graduation/new job money. Which means that he is selling me his pair of Sennheiser HD650 and Bottlehead Crack amp. Since I'm getting that upgrade, I need a DAC to go along with it.
I am currently using a Fiio E17 and Brainwavz HM5.
I do not care about portability with the new DAC, my E17 just sits at home anyways. I would like for the budget to be around 200 USD with a hard cap of 300. I am returning to school in the fall so the more money saved, the better.
Thanks for your help.
Sorry I didn't mention this earlier, but I am only taking a laptop to school. I won't have optical or coaxial outputs from the laptop and will have to rely on USB/3.5mm.
Edited by darkfire32 - 6/26/14 at 7:57pm