Hi, I'm relatively new in the headphone sector and I am looking to buy a new pair of headphones and an amp. I like the look and what I've heard about the Sennheiser HD598s and I'm pretty dead set on those. I'd like to pair them with a nice amplifier. I will be using the headphones primarily on my Macbook. I really like the Schiit line of amplifiers and I'm wondering if there are many opinions on these headphones and amplifiers. The solid state amplifier is 250 and the tube amp is 350. I've heard a ton about how warm and pleasant the tube amp sound is but I'm just wondering if the step up in sound is worth the extra bill. I will at some point be looking into a portable amp for my iPod so any suggestions as to good portable amps would be good. And last are there any more components I should look into adding between my computer and my headphones? A DAC perhaps? I'm just looking for some guidance here because I have very little knowledge of how to get started into this.
Thanks for your help in advance.