I don't post much, but just received my CCA and hooked it up to the HiFi and really surprised at the quality and am now wondering about using it with a DAC.
How much would you have to spend on a DAC to improve the SQ? Is it good enough that you would need a fairly decent model to hear noticeable differences. I've yet to test it with my HD650s but remember that using a cable to the headamp (without a dac) sounded rather muddy.
Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
my advise : no dac but full digital amplifier (FDA).
thus : sell your analog amp, to get some cash back.
then buy a FDA like I.AM.D v200 or stuff like that at 110usd on aliexpress.
plug your headphones on the speakers output. that's it.
then, connect your CCA on the toslink input of the FDA, since CCA has the nice feature of having a combo output analog /digital.
then : enjoy the music with large and flat audio spectrum.