Ok, well would you guys think that I would be better off getting a headphone amplifier and a pair of $30-40 headphones, or just getting a pair of $80 headphones.
So basically, would it be better to get a FiiO E6 amp and say, the Superlux HD-681, or just getting the Creative Aurvana Live's (or any other headphones that you guys would recommend for $80).
Personally, I'd get the best headphone I could and get the amp later, provided of course the headphone is relatively easy to drive. If you are using your home theatre receiver headphone jack, they generally have plenty of power so a cheap amp like a Fiio E6 won't do a heck of a lot for you on most of the headphones that are listed here. With that said, I'm not sure the Creative is much of an upgrade over an HD681. I don't know that paying $80 or more for the creative is worth the price difference over the $40 for the HD681 or Samson SR850, or the $50 for the ATH-T400. At $55-$60 the Creative is a much more compelling choice. You pretty much have to move into the $100+ range to see a significant difference over all the known good headphones in that $40 to $80 range with it all boiling down to preference in sound (obviously there's still a lot of crap headphones in that price range too). That's just my opinion of course so same may disagree, but if you peruse the forums, you tend to see a bunch of fanboys for a particular headphone and then others disagree saying the same headphone is crap. The FOTM effect goes on a lot.