I just bought the HD650 and amp it with the Objective amp/dac combo.
The total cost fits in your budget.
Hello, I've been lurking this site for about a year, and finally decided to get some decent equipment. I'm looking for recommendations for headphones, amp, and DAC to use with my PC. I'd like to spend about $450-600 in total, but I can go a bit higher if it will make a significant difference.
The setup would be used for a variety of music (everything except for pop and hip hop), as well as some gaming (directionality isn't a top priority, as I mostly play strategy games).
Right now, I'm considering the Sennheiser HD650s and the Beyerdynamic DT880s (although I'm looking for any recommendations); I'm leaning towards the 650s but I've heard that they need to be properly amped ("properly" being entirely outside of my budget) in order to sound good. Would an amp within my budget still make the 650s worthwhile, or would that be pushing my budget too far? I have no idea how to best allocate budget (% into headphones vs amp vs DAC), any advice there would be appreciated. An upgrade path that does not involve selling everything would also be nice.
Thanks for any help.