I might be in the market for a DAC/Amp next year. Not because my headphones would need an Amp, I mainly want one because I'm also looking for a new keyboard next year and want to get more variety to pick from.
Okay, this needs a bit more explanation: right now I have a MS Sidewinder X6 that has a nice knob for controlling the volume which is very handy because it means I don't have to Alt+Tab out of games when I switch from speakers to headphones to reduce the general volume in Windows (if I don#t it will destroy my eardrums). Both are connected to my Creative X-Fi Go with a splitter. With a DAC that has a volume knob I can shop for a keyboard without a dedicated volume knob.
While the go-to choice here in the forum seems to be the Objective 2 + ODAC, but this one is way over my budget (and I don't want to save up longer to get one). Also, I like the retailer/manufacturer not being overseas in case I have to RMA it.
Not entirely sure what the price would be for your section of the world, but it's $100 US. I personally use this particular DAC/Amp and it is really good, it can take a Large Headphone Jack (in the front) and has RCA outputs on the back, which could be used for speakers. The volume nob only controls devices plugged in the Headphone jack though, but you could easily configure the sound the be right on the speakers and then use the volume nob for headphones after the base config.
That would essentially be the same as the Fiio I mentioned. Ordering from overseas is unfortunately not an option for me (RMAing, and customs would increase the price easily over $100). But thanks for the reply!
For a while i had powered home theatre speaker whithout volume control, i had to alt tab everytime i wanted to change volume and anything above 20% was too loud. Also my gfx card heavily interfered with my onboard sound.
I bought a 90`s hifi amp and a usb soundcard for ~100€ which solved my problem. the headphone jack can handle proper headphones (my hyperx cloud has way more punch now)
yes deskspace is an issue with a hifi amp... but headphone power is non-issue it can handle 300 ohm on the phonesjack :D
Asus Xonar U5(65€) or U7(85€) are able to power 150 ohm headphones. they are compact and look good :) the fron side only has headphone and mic jack, a clean design but you can still plug in speakers in the back.
Abother idea: (I dont think ths will suit you but maybe if someone is on a thighter budget and just needs power): The mixer sitting on my amp ( I use it to regulate volume from 2 inputs) also has a headphone jack I dont know how strong exactly but it gets painfully loud on my 60 ohm hyperx cloud. It costs 30€ on amazon but isnt pretty to look at and still way bigger than a headphone amp.
The Fiio seems to be perfectly good for what you want it to do, The xonar u5 is a bit cheaper and gives you more options.