I'm looking to buy a decent pair of headphones, (RS 180 vs. HD598 - undecided!) and I've read reviews that the higher-priced cans go to waste without a decent set of amplifiers. Meaning, there's not much use buying a decent pair of headphones if you’re only going to plug them into your laptop/computer or ipod. Is this true? If so, what would you recommend for a non-audiophile-yet-highly-recreational-user? My dad's a mastering engineer, and we've both been identified to have perfect pitch, so I'd like to think that I can notice the slightest differences, however I lack the audiophile jargon that might come along with users with high music involvement!
I'd really appreciate your input.