Last year I decided to get my first full size headphones, and after a period of deliberation I decided the ATH-M50 would be the perfect set for me.
After a few weeks of listening to them, I eventually decided that they would benefit largely from an amplifier, a concept that seems in accordance with the various reviews I've read on the M50s. Never before having owned a headphone amplifier, I decided to take it slowly to see if my untrained ears would detect a difference with an amplifier, and found myself the proud owner of a fiio E3.
Overall I've been relatively content with it--I'm not yet ready to drop 500 dollars on a portable amplifier. However, there is a design problem that has been driving me crazy-the thing doesn't have a power switch. Instead it expects the user to pull out the headphones whenever it's not being used, something that has resulted in my wasting numerous batteries, and on one occasion, pulling out the tension release spring from the ATH-M50 (I wasn't being careful enough). I have decided I need to go with something...different.
I say different, and not outright better, because my one real requirement is a little silly--I want a switch. I use my headphones at a desktop quite a bit, and it is simply annoying to have to pull out the 'phones every time I leave the desk. I'm not an expert in the amplifier market, and so I come here to ask the question--what would you recommend for someone like me? Does anyone have an amp they think compliments the M50s?
If anyone needs to know more about my preferences, feel free to ask.