Originally Posted by kingtoad
You could easily pick up a Benchmark DAC1 for quite a lot less than your budget. Great digital-analogue conversion and a great headphone amp. The USB version will be under your budget as well if you buy used.
You can probably do more with some simple room treatment than you'd think, but I won't go on about it as you mentioned that is not what you are looking for.
Thank you, I do have some basic treatment - I have some bass trapping in the obvious problem areas but it's not enough treatement to provide me with the confidence required.
-- To your comment - Yes the Benchmark looks fab! I suppose my lack of technical understanding..
1) Do you think the difference justifies the spend? AMP vs better set of HPones..
2) If so then where is that value realised? Is it in the conversion or the level of distortion, transient response etc..
Currently the DT880's are a kind of Open/close design. Perhaps i should look for a top end pair of open backs? Or perhaps i should look at both amp and headset?
This is the current dilemma.
Thanks in advance.