I am looking for advice to build a headphone only system, based around the Stax SR-L700 and the SRM-006ts energiser, and I find myself looking for a digital source from which to feed them. Your suggestions would be appreciated.
I suppose the obvious thing for me to do would be to feed them from my ‘main system’, (my only system), which is based on a one box solution, a Naim Superuniti, but due to the significant break out from the Stax headphones the sound would be a nuisance to others using the living room.
The alternative would be to install the Stax in the spare room as a headphone only system, although I would be loathed to relocate the Superuniti. So I am looking for an alternative digital source, I have an open mind as to whether this should be CD or streamer based, but ultimately I have a preference for a streamer, with access to; my current network storage device, Tidal & Spotify, and if possible be Roon compatible (although I am not using Roon at the moment).
I am considering the following:
- Used Audio note CD player or CD transport and DAC, (if such a device becomes available)
- Used Naim Unitiqute2 (power amp switched off).
- Used Naim Nac N 172 streaming pre amp
- SOtM sMS 200 into DAC. (less keen on the increasing box count with this solution)
I have a wired LAN and WiFi connection available in the room.
I also have a Chord Mojo which I could use as a DAC in the system.
Do you have any ideas for a neat front end to a head phone system? Budget up to £2k, but less would be nice!