Hi. Just getting back into headphone audio and built out my current setup from old equipment I had sitting in my basement. The system needs work. I decided to start at the amp and work up. From a sound perspective, I like my sources to give me every bit of the detail in the recording and want the rest of the system to make it sound like music.
CAL Delta CD transport (or Macbook Pro) > Meridian 518 > Meridian 565 (used as DAC) > Sony Receiver (circa 2004) > Sennheiser HD580
I've been reading great stuff on head-fi about Schiit Asgard (and Valhalla) headphone amps. I was originally going to go down that path but then read that people are using vintage (circa 1970s, 1980s) Marantz and Sansui integrated amps and receivers as headphone amps -- particularly because they sound so good. I have to admit that an old Marantz receiver that I heard at my uncle's apartment, back in the mid '80s, is what turned me on to good audio.
So for $250 - $350, powering Sennheiser's, what path would you go down? New Asgard or vintage gear? Or is there a headphone amp out there that I should put on my short list? I'm also looking for a new DAC, but I'll ask that question in the source forum. I want to keep DAC and amp separate.