so after reading for some time now in this forum (wich I very much enjoy) I gathered some Information but am overwhelmed but it slightly so would love Your advice and thoughts.
so where am i comming from?:
I used for around 5 years the O2 Amp + Dac Combo with a Beyer DT880 Pro 600 Ohm and was very pleased with it. I bought a Oppo PM-3 around 2 or 3 years ago as a mobile solution. Beginning of this year, I got the DT 1990 Pro and I’m loving them. I shared the Headphone with my wife, wich loves them, too. Long story short, we need another pair. We thought about the Sundara but thats around 100€ cheaper than the DT 1990 Pro and she wants them more.
She wants to take my O2 + Dac Combo and I get a new Amp and DAC. Budget is 500€, max. 700€.
So I read about some other amps and dacs and found following interesting:
Schiit Asgard 3
Lake People G111 / G105
Aune X1s or X7s
JDS Labs Atom
JDS Labs EL AMP
JDS Labs Atom Dac
JDS Labs EL DAC
So what are my “needs”?
I found myself enjoying details, clearity and instrumental seperation. I don’t know how to describe it. I like clear sound so I can distinguish instruments or the parts of a mix (bassline, vocals, different instruments) and not everything is a “soundwall”. I know that that depends heavily on the mix itself but I don’t know how to discribe it xD.
I want to drive my DT880 Pro 600 Ohm aswell with that Amp aswell as the ability to drive something like a HEDDphone or Hifiman Arya wich I might get in some years.
After all I have read, I thought the RNHP should be the perfect pick for me but that seems to discharge into the headphone when turning of and shouldn’t be turned on with the headphones plugged in to reduce load on the amplifier. Since I’m always leave my headphones plugged in (the cables slide of the desk when not plugged in)
But I don’t know if that is even as much a problem to leave them plugged in.
Im also not shure if the power-output is enought if I would upgrade to something like a HEDDphone or Arya later on.
I read about the Lake People G111 because someone mentioned he/she liked them more over the RNHP and would sound cleaner.
The Aune got good reviews from Zeos, aswell as the Atom and EL Stack from DMS, so thats where I got them from.
Overall I’m leaning towards the Asgard 3 atm because its often suggested and should have enough power for a later upgrade. I would pair it with a Modius or would a DAC-Card or another DAC better?
Whats Your opinion for a good matchup? Am I missing something? Im living in Germany, so its more difficult to get gear from something like Geshelli Labs here.
Thank You very much for Your time!!!