Long time lurker and first time poster. Thanks to everyone here who contributes, this place is an awesome source of information!
I just ordered a pair of Beyerdynamic dt 990's (250 ohms) and I'm looking for recommendations on where to go from here. First, a little about my listening habits and current low end setup:
I currently own some Grado SR225's that I've been using for the last few years. While I didn't mind the sound signature of the Grado's, they never really dazzled me and were lacking in the low end department. I listen to a variety of music including metal, ambient/down-tempo electronic music, a bit of jazz and blues. I'm pretty good about making sure I'm listening to lossless formats or at least respectably high bitrate formats (no 128/192 garbage ever). I also game quite a bit and play a bunch of rpg's and fps's.
I currently have an X-Fi Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Pro Series Sound card, connected to Logitech Z-5500 speakers. Normally I just run the Grado's through the headphone out on the control pod, and get....passable results (mediocre I know, don't beat me!)
Now that I've ordered the Beyer dt 990's (250 ohm version), I'm afraid that they won't get nearly enough power to get the sound quality I'm hoping to get. I'm looking to see if there's a decent way to go from soundcard to an external device, or to just let my soundcard drive the Logitech speakers and get an entirely new dac/amp setup just for my headphones. I'm at the mercy of this forum, and I know you all have your opinions, please share! I'd like to keep the solution at a reasonably low price (under $250 if possible) but I'm willing to pay more for entry/mid level listening that will last me at least a while, before the audio bug bites me and I go broke.
Thanks so much for your help!