1. Buy a regular headphone amp, and run a pair of interconnects from the second set of analogue outs on the back of my CDP? (already have a spare pair of Kimber Silver Streaks)
2. Buy a combined DAC/Head amp, and use a digital connection from the back of the CDP. (I have a spare Chord Optichord, I'd have to buy a digi co-ax if that was the recommended connection).
The ability to run my laptop through it would be advantageous, but not a deal breaker. Sound from CDP to the cans is the paramount consideration.
As my CDP upsamples, would using any combined DAC/head amp that doesn't upsample cost me sound quality?
Am I wrong in thinking £150 give or take is a suitable sum considering the source and my headphones (Grado SR125s)?
Do combined DAC/Head amps ultimately sacrifice a degree of sound quality for their broader roles?
Your thoughts please.