I'm looking at getting the Grado PS500 to pair with my Asus Xonar Essence ST card.
I own the Senn PC360, Westone 4 and Bose Quiet Comfort and Bowers & Wilkins P5 so as you can see, I'm really new to high end headphones. Despite doing research online, it is hard to actually understand what is being said.
I have a few questions and would be grateful if anyone could help enlighten me:
1) Do I need an AMP? I'll be using the grado PS500 with my PC.
I understand that getting an AMP will increase sound quality but I can't afford an expensive one at the moment.
What amp would you recommend to pair with the ps500? Whats an okay amp? And whats a highly recommended one (so I can start saving for it)?
2) I listen to a variety of music. Classical. Heavy Metal. Pop. Old Skool RocknRoll. Triphop. Ambience. Prog Metal.
My favourite band is TOOL though currently I've been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey, Puscifer and Mazzy Star and the occasional lamb of god.
Would you recommend the Gardo ps500?
I read up online where people would compare the ps500 to the sr1i, he500 and hd650.
Out of these 4 headphones, given the kind of music I listen to, which would you recommend?
3) Question about impedance: I read somewhere that if headphones have low impedance and you connect it to a powerful amp, it will blow up? According to the xonar essence st website, the sound card supports up to 600ohms -- will this be detrimental to the ps500 since it is only 36ohms?
Thank you for taking the time to read my questions.