I'm new to this forum after having recently upgraded from Bose QC15s to a pair of Beyerdynamic DT880s (32ohm version).
I'm reasonably impressed with them so far, although not completely blown away. I suspect this is mostly because of poor amplification, I've been using them mainly with my iPhone 4 which obviously has terrible output but I have also plugged them into my B&W MM-1 speakers and they sounded nice but not amazing. I'm hoping that it's due to either amplification or that they need more time to "burn in".
I've ordered a Fiio E5 headphone amp and a Fiio dock-to-3.5mm cable which I'm hoping will improve the sound when listening on my iphone. I know there are probably better headphone amps but I don't really want to have to carry a little tin around with me, the ipod-shuffle-sized E5 will be annoying enough as I'll need to be careful not to keep it in the same pocket as the iphone so it doesn't scratch etc..
One of my main use cases for headphones is coding at work, and I use them pretty much all day long so I'd definitely like to get as much out of them as I can.
I was looking at this Soundblaster X-fi HD USB:
And although it says that it only supports windows, I did find a youtube comment from someone who claims that it works fine on the latest version of OSX:
"I have one hooked on my Mac mini 2010 with OSX 10.6.6 and it works!!! flawless"
It's quite a bit of money to shell out if it's not compatible, so I was wondering if anyone has one of these and has tried using it with a Mac. I'm not bothered about the software that comes with it, all I really need is the audio output to work so I can listen to music at work in glorious high definition through the beyers.
If that's a non-starter, what other options are there that would let me get some nice sound out of the beyers from my macbook? It seems like there isn't much in the mid-range area of USB sound cards for macs, there are cheap options like the turtle beach micro or the x-fi go, but i seriously doubt either of them are going to be much of an improvement. Especially the turtle beach micro, that doesn't have any specifications posted anywhere on the internet which is a bit telling :)
Any tips and advice much appreciated. Something like the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 but a USB version would be awesome.