- Jun 1, 2008
I'm looking to get some advice on what I should do. I would like to purchase a tube amp and a dac to go along with my hd600 headphones. I would like to keep it under $300 total for both. I currently use a headsix amp and ipod touch 2g with line out dock and lossless audio files. Will it be an upgrade to use my laptop with a usb dac, compared to using my ipod touch sound quality wise? or should I invest only in an tube amp and continue to use my ipod as source? I have been looking at possibly getting a hifiman ef2 or a little dot mk III. I have some concerns about the ef2 amp/dac. In the ef2 thread everyone seems to say the the dac in the ef2 "Burr Brown Japan PCM2702E" is not really good. what dac should I check out. I have read that the pico dac is great, but its too much so whats currently the best in my price range. I used to own an emu 0404 which sounded really nice but constantly froze and gave me static noise while listening over usb. I ended up selling it.