Types of Music I listen to: Rock, Alternative, Classical, Jazz, Blues, (rarely) Rap. I don't listen to any of the electro/techno/dub stuff (seems like they give it a new name every year...).
I'm looking for some open, over the ear headphones. I've listened to the AKG Q701 and liked them very much; they seem to be economic for flagship headphones as well, so I'm willing to cash out the $250 and make myself a nice Christmas gift.
The question is, whether I need to invest into an Amp as well. Currently I use my MacBook Pro to play music (256kbit AAC from iTunes Match). My ATH M50s are pretty well powered, but I think they could possibly benefit from a DAC (and the AKGs as well then). Therefore I might just go for a Desktop DAC/Amp combo. The fiio E10 looks intriguing!
Any recommendations regarding DAC/Amps in the price range of $150 and below? I don't care about portability. And does a MacBook Pro really benefit from a DAC?