Although I consider myself an audiophile, I am new to the headphone game. My current systems consists of a Classe' CAP 151 integrated amp, a Cambridge Audio DACMagic D/A converter being fed lossless files from my Macbook laptop, Revel M20 stand mounted monitors and a Sony XDRF-HD1 tuner.
As my wife is usually in the room when I'd like to listen to my music, I've decided to get a decent pair of headphones. Initially, I'd like to drive them from my Macbook, but eventually from the main system. Neither the Classe' amp nor the DACMagic D/A converter have a headphone plug. So ultimately, I would need to get a headphone amp to connect the phones' to the Classe' when not plugged into the Mac.
I'm thinking of some Phiaton MS400 phones to start. I would be listening to them for no more than an hour or two at a time, unlike some folks who may listen to them 8 hrs. a day at work for instance. These seem to be able to be driven from a Macbook or iPod. Thoughts?
Also, what somewhat inexpensive amp (say, under $200) might you suggest that I would hook up to an output of my Classe' integrated amp (both of these questions asked with the understanding I will probably get 100 differing opinions!).
Edited by ilmonster - 10/9/11 at 6:53am