Thank you for your response (as well as the others who responded to my recommendation question) I have a question for you, or anyone else who may know the answers:
Originally I was set on the Phoebus for a few reasons: a) headphone amp, b) headphone & mic controller found on USB headsets.
I've heard its crap due to the drivers--is there a unified version for that too? If not, do you or anyone else know of a breakout device, usb or whatever, that may control the volume and the ability to mute the microphone? Or at least quickly mute the microphone? It seems there isn't an easy way to quickly mute the microphone in windows 7 like there is in XP (short of yanking the cord out)....
Seems like DT880 make be a great fit. I'm thinking heavily of grabbing those then, but before I do, any opinions on the DT880 vs. something like the Hifiman line up, any reason to not consider those, as in, they would require more amps than what the STX has to offer, poor soundstage, etc.?