I could just get the Phillip's X1's with no amp, would that be my simplest option? That would be $250, the same as the DT990's + a $100 amp.
That would hold me over longer and I could eventually add an amp down the road if I felt I needed to. From Envy's review, it sounds like this would be my best set up if going ampless in the beginning. I would pair with the Sound Blaster Z sound card.
If this sound good to you Envy, I will be ordering tonight.