I am looking around for a DAC and i am just wondering if there are any 'cant-go-wrong' DACs, im not really fussed if it is portable or not, a DAC amp combo would be nice, but again i am not really that bothered. Thanks.
haha oh yes :S price range under $600, features: preferably with headphone out(so i dont have to buy an amp) good sound, connectivity: USB for use with laptop/desktop yes i looked at the DACmagic, and have heard some pretty good reviews, but doesnt have headphone out, so ill have to buy a decent amp :/
If i'm wrong someone will correct me soon enough, but....
If you are buying any standalone DAC you will need an amp. You cannot run headphones off the DAC by itself, some intermediary is needed to boost (amp) the line-level signal coming from the DAC. The only way to avoid buying a standalone amp is to buy an DAC/amp combo like you mentioned. However if you're going to be spending that much, it is best to separate your DAC and amp needs and buy two standalone units anyway.
So if you are interested in a DAC you are also interested in an amp, the question is whether or not it is combined or standalone.