Hi, Decided to take the plunge and ask for some advice. My current setup is old, and consists of a Rotel RA-02 amplifier connected to a pair of Gale 3010S speakers. Occasionally I also use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm headphones. First of all, the speakers are very cheap. To replace them has been my highest priority and I will go with a pair of Genelec 8020Ds. I use only my computer as a source and small speakers suit me fine. Not enough space on the desk for somehing bigger either. I mostly listen to electronica, if it matters. The next step is to invest in a DAC with an usb input. However, I also really want to have a good quality volume control for my active monitors and to connect my headphones. Currently my Rotel does the job decently. The attenuation is fine on low volume levels which I often listen to. I know it can be used as a pre-amp, so I am considering to keep it in the setup for the time being and just go with a DAC only. If I throw it away, it gets more complicated. Most DACs have a fixed line level output, but I really want a nice knob beside my computer to control the volume and not being restriced to do it on the computer. Some DAC/amp combos have variable line levels, but I think those are far between. I was considering a Schiit Modi 2, which can also be used driverless in windows, and that feature would be really nice. Just plug an play. But then again, an amp with a volume control will be required. My budget: $500 for a dac/amp/whatever works. Maybe $600 max if I will need an additional volume control of sorts.