Hey, my first post here :) Been reading these forums for a while now but haven't found any reason to register before.
So. I am looking for new headphones since my old HD 555's are cracked off so badly that i need to use a LOT of tape to keep them up. I noticed the HD 598's and after a bit of research I decided that these might be my choice. Pretty similar to the 555's, only a little bit better if I'm correct.
I would happily get some harder-to-drive phones, like the Beyer DT-880's, but I have no idea what this old Pioneer A-447 amp can do... It would cost me some dear money to upgrade to a proper headphone amp. I have tried to seek out info on the amp but it's pretty impossible to find clear answers. If anyone can suggest who to ask, I'm all open. I have looked at the Essence STX sound card for a headphone amp but I have my doubts that could it drive 250+ohm headphones. The 598's are just 50 ohms like the 555's if I'm not mistaken so they should work well.
Anyways, what are your opinions; should I get the HD 598's or spend more money on a new amp (and would the STX be enough) and the DT-880's for example. Also, if anyone has the knowledge that would this A-447 be sufficient for harder-to-drive phones or knows someone who might be able to help, please tell me.
This is a 598 thread so this could be the wrong place to ask but I'll give it a go.
And yes, as a final note, the music I mostly listen to is rock and (mostly progressive) metal, and occasionally some classical stuff.