Really epic review and thanks to all posters for your inputs.
I have a question concerning my current setup. I have a Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty XtremeGamer sound card (a 2008 version so it's getting old but still freaking good) I have coupled it with a DT 770 pro 250 ohms but I cannot get fully impressed by it because... This sound card doesn't have a built-in amp so it's not giving it's best.
I am a kinda competitive gamer, I love having a precise positioning but don't mind if bass take over it. I want my Beyerdynamic beast to be released !
What is my best bet:
Buy a new sound card with a built in amp ? If yes, which is your best advise for an audiophile/gamer ?
Buy an amp and stick it to my X-Fi. Tough I still wanna enjoy the CMSS-3D. Is it possible with an amp ? if yes which ?
In both case I'm ready to put up to 170$
Thanks a lot in advance for your replies.
Upon recommendations in this thread, I'm currently buying a DT770 Pro 250ohm + x-fi Titanium HD + O2 amp, so I'm in a pretty similar case. I'm not sure what your sound card's worth, but I think you should keep it and buy an external headphones amp. You can find the O2 for 150$, it should power the beyer properly (it can power 600ohm headphones) and is very transparent (won't colour the sound).
The amp will just amplify the signal and ensure stable voltage, it should not alter it and you will keep the CMSS-3D from your sound card.
This is just what I was recommended in this thread to go with the DT770, I'm still waiting for the O2 to be shipped :)