it was so much simpler only a few yrs back, wasn't it? ...for those of us using our computers as a source (tidal hifi, flac, ripped cds, high res files) the solution to better sound was to just get a good DAC and an equally competent set of cans/iems. but now not so much, due to the USB being a source of noise pollution...now it's spend US$1200-1500+ and look into a USB streamer (aurender, auralic aries/mini, or sonore micro rendu, with a linear power source). Darko on the micro rendu http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/01/classy-sonores-microrendu-takes-digital-audio-higher/ Hans and his helpful channel then you head over to computeraudiophile.com and this area can suddenly get can very technical and somewhat overwhelming. anyone else investigating this area and also trying to navigate thru the nebulai? my friend feels the auralic aries is the best bang for buck..but who knows.