I’m looking for a headphone DAC/AMP for use at work. I’m currently using the Jotunheim Multibit which is great but I want to take it home. I’m currently using the Fostex TR-X00 PH with a balanced cable but I want the option to run single ended if I end up with headphones that don’t support balanced.
- Single unit with DAC (I don’t want a stack of equipment and interconnects in my cube).
- Balanced output.
- Budget: $300 - $600
So far I have identified two contenders:
Massdrop LXC + SDAC
- Less expensive
- Lots of power on the balanced output
- Well liked DAC
- Limited input options (but all I really need is USB)
- Weak single-ended output (most reviewers say don’t bother using it)
Topping DX7 Pro
- Highly regarded DAC
- Nice display
- Lots of input options
- More expensive
- Less power overall
Are there any other options I should consider?