I am not expecting to get all of the answers right away here, but I am not really ready to sift through loads of pages in head-fi to find a few straight opinions on the (cheap) amp/DAC that I am looking at.
FiiO E9k and FiiOE17 is the combo I am looking at currently, and have heard/seen decent things about FiiO for the budget minded consumer, i.e. me.
If someone could suggest something similar for me to take a look at, along with some lovely powered speakers, it would be much appreciated.
As for budget: I would like to spend ~$400 on the amp/DAC and maybe $300 on a pair of speakers. I know, not much, but I already have a couple lovely pairs of cans and would like to drive them better along with hopefully providing better sound output.