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The Nuforce Icon is a USB DAC, pre-amp/controller, T-amp, headphone amp, all in one tiny box. They also have matching speakers that are small and are designed to fit nicely on your desk top.
I own the Icon and plan to buy the speakers in the future and create a nice, simple desktop system for listening to iTunes and Internet Radio.
There's a good many small units out there. Many digital ones and some with USB inputs.
I even heard of a tube iPod docking station with outputs if one wants to incorporate some of the glass sound into your office rig.
Apogee and some others make DACs with headphone out & USB in. Add some self powered (active) speakers and some decent interconnects ...you're there.
Rubent's recommendation of the Nuforce Icon is a good one. I use one in an office and love the convenience, versatility and the sound. Most of the time what's playing is the computer through USB but I also have a tubed-output CD player on a shelf connected to it. I don't often listen to headphones but my Sennheiser 600's sound great with it and I've occasionally plugged an iPod dock into it.
I'm using a pair of Acoustic Energy surround speakers with it on my desk but I've also tried it with Devore 8's and Soliloquy SAT5's. Its 12 watts won't fill a room with big, inefficient speakers but the sound is very good. I like it a lot.