- Mar 8, 2005
Right now I'm going AirportExpress->Dialogue II DAC/Sherwood Newcastle 980T CDP->Pioneer Integrated amp->DT880. I would like to get a headamp, and I'm sort of torn between a few options. While I would consider a home amp (Gilmore Lite/M^3...) I am thinking it would be nice to have something portable, as long as it is not going to be a big tradeoff in terms of sound quality. I am thinking either Headroom Micro, or AE-1, once it is updated...I like the crossfeed possibility of the Micro, but the loopout & integrated battery/ergonomics of the AE-1 is nice too. I also have a pair of SR60s that I would be using, and UM2s, which I can't use with the Pioneer because of hiss/hum, and generally poor bloated sound. So, I'm looking for something that would match well with the DT880, but would also be good with the UM2s. I'd like to keep this under around $350, new or used. Thoughts?