Dedicated Headphone Amp or USB DAC & Amp combo
New to the forum and really impressed with the help and advice being shared, so hopefully someone can advise me/save me from a disastrous purchase. I know listening and demos are best but not really an option here.
Most of my music listening is done on headphones these days (young family), and my source is either my laptop or ipod. I suspect that eventually it will be possible to download so called 24bit studio recordings though this is another discussion I know.
I have a small budget of £250 to improve my current listening experience (using sennheiser HD570s) and keep going round in circles as to what to do. I am considering:
1) A combined USB DAC and headphone amp like a Beresford Caiman
2) A Graham Slee Novo used with my ipod and a Russ Andrews GQ-24 line out cable
In time I hope to be able to afford a better source dedicated for downloaded/computer based music such as the unity or even the Cyrus equivalent when its brought to market...but that's a couple of years away for me. The Novo would be best for these I suspect, but in the meantime, its a compromise. I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on these 2 setups. Would they work, have I missed something obvious?? I tend to listen to bass rich music..massive attack, radiohead etc...not classical.
Any help and suggestions would be greatly recieved...