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What are you using for a DAC?
The FiiO E6 is maxed out when driving 250-Ohm headphones like the DT880, so I'm guessing you will not get the best out of the DT880.I would suggest spend enough ($60) to get the FiiO E11.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=817189&gclid=CL_ohbfExb0CFSsQ7AodMyIA9Q&Q=&is=REG&A=details ebay sells generic batteries (BL-5B) for the FiiO E11 for around $5 each.
Your computer's motherboard comes with low costing audio hardware. A Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used on eBay, $60) should provide a noticeable improvement in computer audio. Or a Hifimediy Sabre U2 external USB DAC should also improve audio quality, $57+shipping. http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=123
If you do decide to get the HD558, there is an aftermarket replacement cable that comes with a 3.5mm plug, sold on eBay, $20. http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
There are several threads on forums on the Internet were people have gone over sleeving headphone cable, just have to search for them. Also if you do a search on eBay for "Nylon Sleeving", there is a lot there for sale.
 You might consider getting a FiiO L cable (or other brand), it will allow you to bypass the IPhones headphone amplifier and send a slightly cleaner analog audio signal from the iPhone's LOD port to the Pioneer receiver's RCA inputs. FiiO L10 20-Inch Line Out Dock (LOD) Cable For iPod & iPhonehttp://www.amazon.com/FiiO-20-Inch-Line-Cable-iPhone/dp/B005DK08X6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396567702&sr=1-1&keywords=FiiO+L+cable+LOD I'm assuming you would need an...
 The Philip X1/28 Fidelio headphones are the ones that use to sell for $300 and now sell for $232.Your listing the Philips L1 headphones, which I believe were always selling for under $200.
The Asus Xonar DG's headphone amplifier is more then enough for driving the 32-Ohm K550s. But if you did decide to invest into a DAC/Amp. The FiiO E17 technically is a better DAC and amplifier then the Xonar DG, not sure how much of a noticeable improvement it would have over the Xonar DG.If you plugged the E17 into the Xonar DG's optical port, you could still use the DG' Dolby Headphone surround sound, which might help with movies. Another option is The Epiphany Acoustics...
 You might also try posting your Sound Blaster questions on this forum thread.http://forums.creative.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6
 Hopefully you have disabled the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.
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