Ok, first post, yadda yadda. I've been lurking for a while but can't seem to find an answer to what I'm looking for.
Just getting into this audiophile stuff, but have been listening forever (seems like). Finally broke down and bought my first set of decent cans - Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm. I'm looking for an amp (portable would be nice, but not necessary) that pairs up with these cans well. My source is an 2008 iMac, so I'm thinking DAC is nice but out of my price range. Most of my mp3's are either 256k encoded or better, some are FLAC, and others Apple Lossless....I've been picky about that part at least
Ok, here's where the questions come in....the sales dude where I got the cans at was trying to sell me a mic tube preamp and telling me to use it as a headphone amp. Does this make any sense at all?
I want something respectable for an amp, and since the Mac don't move, the amp doesnt have to either. I do use it for some mastering of audio tracks in Logic Pro, and that has to sound good. Generally though, the amp is just for playing tunes through while I do more lurking and learning...I would like to stay in the $100-150 price range, as it seems strange to me still to have more invested in the amp than the cans....maybe at a later date
So, any suggestions on these questions? The mic preamp as a headphone amp thing still doesnt make sense to me......