I'm planning on making my first major investment into Hi-Fi audio, at least full sized ones. I've been doing tons of reading on both the headphones in the title and I understand that the HD800 beats out the HD650 in almost every contestable area but I'm at a serious fork in the road here.
I'm willing to invest in the HD800 if it really comes down to it. I understand that I will always need to acquire some serious equipment to go along with it but is it really $1000 USD better than the HD650s (excluding the whole personal preference perspective some mention)? I really need some help deciding because this is some serious cash to drop.
And also, if I end up getting the HD650s, what kind of amp should be using with it? I've heard a lot of good things about the ZERO amp mentioned here:
but I'm skeptical of it because of it's price even though it has fantastic reviews. I already have the HT|Omega Claro Halo which I understand has if not great at least decent abilities of driving high end headphones. If I went with the HD650s + the ZERO would it be an improvement upon just my sound card and HD650s? I would really appreciate any input on this.