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See if you can find a good deal on a used Bravo Ocean hybrid headphone amplifier.   An Asus Xonar DX sound card (used is fine), would provide a fairly good DAC function, for use with a head amp.
I'm guessing the Audio Technica ATH Pro700mk2 will work better without an amp, then the DT770 Pro 80-Ohm headphones.   Or buy this used Bravo Ocean hybrid headphone amplifier, to use with the DT770. http://www.ebay.com/itm/162173066409?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Bravo Ocean Hybrid headphone amplifier. Here is a used one, current bid it $35 (+ $20 shipping) http://www.ebay.com/itm/162173066409?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT   Asus Xonar DX sound card (used $60) http://www.ebay.com/itm/122087687294?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT   The Bravo Ocean & Xonar DX are what I would look into, for a good bang for the buck DAC/amp.
For your current use, I'm guessing the SB E1 does not offer any useful advantages, over the Xonar DG.   Usually the SB-E1 sells for around twice the price of the Xonar DG.
 I've used a Fulla to drive my 250-Ohm Beyers, the Fulla did it easily.
 DT880, balanced sound, slightly on the bright side.Nedes to be used with a decent headphone amplifier.
 I've used a Schiit Fulla to drive 250-Ohm Beyer headphones and it did it with power to spare.But I was going to suggest you get headphones that are easier to drive, then the 250-Ohm DT880.Like 32-Ohm Soundmagic HP200 headphones.
 You might be able to find a used FiiO X3 Gen II, with in your budget.It can be used as external DAC/amp, with a computer or as a standalone DAP (Digital Audio Player).
Where are you located?   Get a Schiit Fulla USB/DAC/amp ($90 USD) and spend the rest of your audio budget for headphones.
Soundmagic HP 200 (semi-open?) headphones.
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