Looking for a new Dac/Amp for my desktop speakers (2.1) and headphones since my current dac broke. I have tracked down 2 possible replacements that provide me with difficulties on which one to choose. Fact is, I want to have everything connected to the same unit along with topnotch sound quality. Price bracket is < 400 eur. These two products are similarly priced, both with pros and cons. I feel the Pro-Ject would succeed better in sound, but Klipsch hits back at better connectivity and therefore better longevity. I do have a sub-out in my active speakers but having a dedicated output in the pre-amp will probably do wonders for sub's quality nonetheless. Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital Pre-amp (379 Eur) Spoiler - Dual mono construction - High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC - Proprietary clock circuity design - Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors - MQA hardware decoding - DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) - Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs - 7 selectable digital filter characteristics - 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter - Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) - Synchronization of all internal oscillators - Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds - Gold plated four layer PCB This device would grant me 6.3mm HP output which I prefer for my K712. Also the dual-dac with ESS flagship chips interest me a lot. However its' outputs are a bit basic and limit the possibilities with speaker setups. Still, seems like a lot of bang for the money. In summary, (presumably) amazing SQ, but primitive(yet just about sufficient) connections. Klipsch Powergate (599 Eur, but currently on sale for 399) Spoiler - 2 x 100 watt class D amplifier - Wi-Fi connectivity for Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio integration - USB Audio (Type B Connection) - Bluetooth® wireless connectivity with AAC and apt-X decoding - Phono pre-amp / RCA analog audio - Optical (TOSLINK) - Remote control - 192kHz / 24-bit D/A Converter - Headphone Output (3.5mm) - Subwoofer Output - Line level Pre-amp output (RCA analog) With powergate I'd obtain a lot more in- and outputs. It has a dedicated sub out for low frequencies with power controller. The HP output is only 3.5mm which will damage the wire in the long run. I feel this units' price is higher only because of the multiroom function. This though feels more suitable for speaker setups on top of the HP amp. Also it has a remote controller. In summary, satisfactory SQ(?)with a lot of power and versatile connections, however costs more. Which one would you choose? Given the fact that I use speakers 70% of time compared to HP's.