I'm putting together a desktop system and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Iíve researched a few possibilities but would like some opinions on which DAC, amp, and speakers to track down.
Recently Iíve been looking at the Maverick Audio D1 (dac) and or their A1 Hybrid Amp (tube headphone out, tube pre, and ss amp). I want a good sounding tube based system that allows me to listen via desktop speakers or headphones, splitting time 50/50.
My musical tastes lean towards softer rock, acoustic, folk, with healthy doses of the dead and jerry, Knopfler, Prine, etc.
My budget is $600 (I know, not much).
Here's my existing equipment:
∑ Dell PC and speakers
∑ multiple external HD's with several TB of lossless music files, many are live audience recordings
∑ Sennheiser HD580's headphones
Here's what I think I want or need:
∑ tube headphone amp
∑ tube pre
∑ tube or ss amp
∑ speakers (active?)
Any thoughts on the Maverick products? What are your set-ups and would you recommend them? Should I go with active speakers, if so any recommendations?
Thanks a lot for your help.