Hello everyone, a proud new Bartok owner here.
I know this has been discussed to death already, but wondering what are other dCS headphone users planning to do long term. I have been swapping DACs and AMPs for a couple of years now, kinda tried every Chord DAC, always struggled with FOMO about what AMP to pair it with, stuff like that.
Now with Bartok being a nice all-in-one, I started thinking what could be my upgrade in the future (not necessarily now). Should I go back to the business of trying to find a good headphone amp (like Woo Audio WA33, Riviera AIC 10, Luxman, Formula, Bakoon, etc), or should I stay with Bartok until Rosini adds a headphone amp?
I know I could get to the next level of fidelity by adding Rosini clock to my Bartok, and I know I can get even better results by Rosini DAC + Clock + TOTL amp, but I am just in love with having all-in-one box, that (believe it or not) I actually carry around the house with me (I listen in different rooms all the time, that’s why I am a headphone, not spearker user).
For those wondering, my headphones of choice are Abyss AB-1266 TC, which are quite power hungry (not as much as Susvara nor SR1a of course). But not having to worry about an amp (cables and all the FOMO that comes with it), just makes me so happy.
I was surprised how good Bartok sounds with AB-1266, I really thought the amp would be too weak, but I do not lack over V281 or TT2 at all, which both were more powerful.
So, what is your plan long term? Did you go with a separate amp and therefore it made sense for you to upgrade to Rosini DAC who does not have headphone amp, or did you add Rosini clock to your Bartok, waiting until Rosini 2 adds a headphone amp?
Looking forward to your input, thanks!