First of all, great website, and thanks to all users for sharing the knowledge and opinions, really helpful.
Maybe you can be of some help : I'm wondering whether I should upgrade to a new dac/amp combo on my system.
Currently composed of these elements :
- dac/amp combo : creative x-fi usb hd
- amp : marantz pm7004
- speakers : kef q700
- headphones : akg k550
Playing music from the computer, equally enjoying speakers and headphones.
I have the feeling the x-fi usb hd is holding back the rest of the setup (non asynchronous usb, apparently bad headphone amp).
I'd like to upgrade only if there's a substantial improvement while staying at 300 $ max.
Staying with an dac/amp combo is mandatory, since it's really convenient for both speakers and headphones use.
Ifi audio nano idsd seems to be really good, could any of you tell if it would be worth it ?