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I got my friend a pair of OK2s for his birthday to use with his iPod and he's all :o so I was thinking of throwing in something basic for his PC. I know this is one of those questions, but I guess I'm looking for a cheap and cheerful USB DAC/amp that will leave some room to grow with harder-to-drive headphones. Thinking Total Bithead budget -- is there a better way to go (including used and DIY) for that kind of scratch? All suggestions welcome. Except "buy him a Pico." We're not that kind of friends.

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I got my friend a pair of OK2s for his birthday to use with his iPod and he's all :o so I was thinking of throwing in something basic for his PC. I know this is one of those questions, but I guess I'm looking for a cheap and cheerful USB DAC/amp that will leave some room to grow with harder-to-drive headphones. Thinking Total Bithead budget -- is there a better way to go (including used and DIY) for that kind of scratch? All suggestions welcome. Except "buy him a Pico." We're not that kind of friends.

1. The Bithead is a good value, especially if you can find one used.

2. The Go-Vibe Petite + DAC, I use the DAC only version of this at work and it's a passable soundcard.

3. The IBasso D2 Boa - no direct experience with this so YMMV

There are no good DIY options that come to mind, or better put ones that you're likely to be able to find in a reasonable time frame.

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