Hello and Happy New Years! I come to you all with an avalanche of questions in regards to headphones/amps/DACs and, to put it simply, I am an absolute newbie when it comes to audio/headphones/amps/etc. so I immensely appreciate your thoughts and patience with my ignorance/shenaniganry.
To get right into it, my current headphones(Sennheiser HD595s) unfortunately seem to be dying on me(noticeable buzzing/fading/static) and the sony stereo-receiver I've been plugging them into seems to also be close to giving out(sound fading/static-y/sound doesn't come play for left-ear/etc.). Consequently, over the past day or so I've been searching around for replacement options. So far, I've somewhat focused-in on the AKG K702s, as they're at a very appealing price-point and, from what I can gauge so far, are well-received amongst audio-enthusiasts. However, from my barebones research, it seems that these headphones require an amp in order to truly bring out their full potential and I am admittedly clueless in regards to headphone amps/DACs. Thus, let the avalanche begin:
1) What are your thoughts on the K702s? Are they a noticeable improvement over the senn hd 595s? Are there any other strong competitors in that price-point? And as silly as this may sound, are they comfortable?(as reference, I consider the senn 595s quite comfy)
2) What is the difference between a headphone amp and a DAC? For that matter, what is the difference between a stereo receiver and an amp/DAC? Furthermore, one of the nice things about the stereo receiver was that I was able to connect my xbox to it and then seemingly switch between my PC audio and xbox audio at the touch of a button. Would this at all be possible with an amp/DAC? Finally, given a budget of around $200 or so, what are your thoughts on an amp/DAC that could compliment my headphones well, sound great, and provide a sort of steeping stone to learning more about audio and achieving the best music-listening experience possible within my current budget.
That's all that comes to mind at the moment but I'll update/tidy-up this post in the morning should anything else come up. Once again, I sincerely appreciate your time in reading all this and any feedback you have to offer. Cheers :)
Edited by Grazel - 1/1/13 at 1:10am