I am looking for a good DAC and AMP for use with the Focal Elegia. It/they will be replacing my FiiO E17.
My price range is: About $300 (can stretch to around $600 if it makes a big difference).
I like to listen to: Electronica, rock, classical. For example: The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Shostakovitch, Bach.
I will be using them for: work at a desktop. Fed by a Macbook Pro or my 1+6. I listen to a lot of HiRes FLAC and DSDs, but also Google Music. Going to start the $2/4 mo. Tidal HiFi trial.
There are some excellent posts on this forum that have given me ideas – perhaps too many.
So now I need to narrow it down.
My home setup is a Chord Hugo 2 with the Focal Utopia. I do have balanced cables for the headphones, but currently use an adapter to SE.
As it may be clear from my choice of music and home setup I do love really analytical setups. But I am also tube-curious, and will an listening for extended periods as I work.
So far I am considering the following:
Schiit Magni + Schiit Modi
other Schiit products?
Massdrop CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp $320
Massdrop x Eddie Current ZDT Jr $259 used
Thanks in advance for your comments!