Hi all. I think this is specific enough to warrant it's own thread because I have quite a few questions in regards to hopefully upgrading my amp/dac setup. My fulla 2 worked, but I want something a bit nicer for the future. If its too general, please just delete it and PM me (if it doesn't get a notification, I haven't had anything deleted here yet). So to begin, my cans that I use range from 14 ohms (Mr. Speakers Aeon Flow Closed) to 50 ohms (Hifiman HE560). I know about the whole 1/8th rule in regards to amp pairing and matching, but since I don't exactly have enough expendable money to have a setup for both, I want to find something that will hopefully work well for both. Currently I'm hoping to spend under $500. I've been looking at the Massdrop CTH + SDAC since I've heard it's great. That being said, I should also probably consider the Schiit stack with the Modi Multibit, or maybe with the vali? I don't know exactly which way to swing on this. Would I be better off getting the normal CTH and then a separate DAC? I haven't heard quite as much about SDAC that is built into the CTH + SDAC, although I know it's supposed to be pretty dang good. Would I be better served by setting up with the CTH and a Modi? Then again, the Modi Multibit is a bit expensive. All that being said- I'm going into college soon and would like to have some semblance of portability to go along with all this, so if I choose to study in the library or elsewhere I don't need to hire a caddy to help me move all my shit. It seems to me that the Cavalli is the more "portable" option, whereas the schiit stack is much more locked down because of how much Schiit there is to move. Also, since I'm on a laptop, would I just go from the RCA - AUX into my headphone jack? Or would that cause some weird headphone distortion thing that I don't understand as a filthy plebian, or will that be fine? If there are any other things I should consider, feel free to mention them to me! Thanks a ton for the help!