$1750 setup help. New to this place, avid but rusty AF audiophile.
I'm currently starting off my audiophile setup from scratch. I've allocated a budget of $1750 and I'm looking for a decent desktop DAC/Amp combo. I just wrote down all the details below to make it as concise and short as possible. Would appreciate any input from y'all.
Done some research and narrowed the list down to the following candidates.(Edited)
(feel free to suggest)
- beyers DT1990 Pro
- Sennheiser HD660S
--- OR ---
- Marantz HD-DAC1
- iFi iDSD Micro Black Label
- Chord Mojo
Desktop Amp (Open to tube amps if it helps):
- EL DAC
- Schiit Bifrost Multibit
- Massdrop x THX AAA 789
- Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X Amp
- Schiit Valhalla (Tube)
- Schiit Asgard
- EL Amp
Sound preference: Thumping bass and well-pronounced low-mids. NO muddy bass. Also looking for superior imaging and amazing soundstage. I tend to crack the knob higher than most peer audiophiles.
Music: EDM, Vocals, Choir, Metal, Piano.
Maybe even movies and gaming?
I like A E S T H E T I C S too.
Total budget: $1750 for the whole setup.