I'd like to start off by thanking you for creating such an incredible knowledge base. Without such, individuals such as myself(enthusiast perfectionist researchers) could easily be turned off to headphones and simply pursue other alternatives. With as much as I research the many things I do, sometimes I just need clear concise information without weeding through everything. All of that aside, I apologize for my original short post. Having some more time now I will elaborate further if that can be of any help.
Originally I asked if the Astro 5.8 Mixamp could drive the Ultrasone Pro 900's. My interest in both is due to moving into an apartment in the near future because I am graduating from college. My logic is that I wanted closed headphones to isolate myself from surrounding noises from neighbors as well as reduce the amount of noise others have to tolerate while I am using said headphones. I wanted to utilize a virtual surround device to help increase immersion and keep the lack of a full surround system from making the audio feel underwhelming compared to my projector.
The system would be used primarily for media viewing,(via ps3 utilizing plex media server as well as dvd's/blu-ray's, streamed content, live tv with hdhomerun), gaming (ps3, possibly PC). Music is the last but not least, although the usage would be limited in comparison to the aforementioned priorities.
Priorities established, let's talk about equipment. I selected the Ultrasone Pro 900's due to Mad Lust Envy's review and their closed back design. I felt the qualities Mad Lust Envy expounded on in the review made the headphones the best option for me. I selected the Astro 5.8 Mixamp originally because I wanted to reduce cable clutter and eliminate walkway problems. This was of course before I recognized that my projector would indeed be behind/above me(shocking right?). I still like the 5.8 but it's discontinuation has complicated procurement slightly. I've also considered the Recon 3d recently, although it doesn't seem to have a very large following in this particular thread.
So... Now that I've written you an essay, my original question was..? What do you think is best for me? To be honest, I hear all of my media through cheaper 2.1 setups. I'm really excited to add surround sound and higher audio quality to my home theater experience.
Thank you all for any help,