I've got this new set of Beyerdynamic 880's and I'm playing lossless files out of my computer. I'm looking for some info about options for D/A conversion. At the moment I'm going optical digital from PC to Yamaha HTR5140 receiver but I bet I can do a lot better D/A conversion than that receiver. I've read the raves about the Musical Fidelity X-DAC which I guess I can pick up for $600 or so. I'm wondering if there are cheaper options. The front of the Stererphile website has a leading photo of these Entech DAC's... the article is from 1998?? Now it looks like I can pick up that 205.2 on ebay for <$100. Are these things still all that great? Seems like the mass market stuff might've caught up after 10 years.
Are there some good cheap(er) alternatives to the X-DAC?
I'll be looking into a headphone amp too.