Originally Posted by Armaegis /img/forum/go_quote.gif Portable or stationary? What kind of headphones are you using?
Doesn't matter, most of my listening will be done from a desktop computer. And I won't be using headphones, I'll be using studio Monitors. Which ones..I'm not too sure, my options are wide open right now.
DIY DAC designs such as the Gamma-1 can be built together with other DIY amps such as the mini3 or a CKKIII. A Millett Max can also have a Bantam DAC onboard. You can have these separately as well for added flexibility.
Well, Little Dot has a new one that fits the bill coming out soon. I have the DAC_I which sounds great to my ears, and the new one will be the same dac section with a built-in solid state headphone amplifier.
Their website has been on the fritz lately, but you can see pics on this thread:
Originally Posted by SilverBlade /img/forum/go_quote.gif Doesn't matter, most of my listening will be done from a desktop computer. And I won't be using headphones, I'll be using studio Monitors. Which ones..I'm not too sure, my options are wide open right now.
Well, why do you need an amp? If you only feed your monitors you just need a dac - without any (headphone) amp. If you don't want to adjust the volume through your PC you would need built in pre-amp, though.
If HeadphoneAddict's review of the Nuforce uDAC is to be believed, you may be best off buying that and a $300 amplifier. I think there are often a lot of compromises made in combo units - people often seem to be happy with one section but not the other. I think you're best off finding two great value components than one convenient one.