I just got a decent deal on some AKG 702s. I will be using them at work, running the music off a computer with only onboard sound. ATM the music is mostly MP3's but I am thinking about starting to replace my digital music library to a higher quality format, probably Flac.
I was wondering what would be the best bang for my buck to get the most out of my phones. From what I hear these headphones take more power then some and certain amps will mess up the clean sound they produce.
A sample of music I listen to
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
50's and 60's Doo Wop
The Beach Boys
As far as bass goes when I bought the headphones the guy selling them had a little pa2v2 amp and I am perfectly happy with the amount of bass. What I would mostly be shooting for is a overall richer and cleaner sound throughout the frequencies and the phones getting ample power so that I do not need to have the volume maxxed out.
So, my questions, is a DAC worth getting or is the extra money better spent on a better amp?
Can anyone suggest where best can I put $300 and get the most improvement? And is it possible to spend more like $100 or $150 and get 90% of the improvement that the $300 would net?