So I am looking to possibly get another USB DAC/headphone amp for my mini itx work computer. I have an Audio GD-NFB 5 which I kinda like as the DAC in my office at home.
I need something smallish and around 300 or less. It does NOT need to function as a pre-amp but if it can kudos.
I am initially looking at something like the Audioquest Dragonfly or Meridian Explorer. Both of those are small enough I might even be able to put them inside the extra room I have in the Mini-ITX build which would be an added bonus.
I will be listing to FLAC via XBMC as the player and maybe on occasion through a CD drive on the computer, but rarely.
Any other DAC's in that price range I should look at? Some criteria I am looking for are below:
- USB input
- Decent power for a set of closed headphones (think Beyerdynamic DT-770's, or Audio Technica's ATH-M50s)
- Coaxial or Optical input
- 24 bit or higher capable
- locking headphone jack
P.S. I am posting this on a couple different forums so you might see this exact thread elsewhere if you frequent multiple sites