I have around 600$ I can spend and before I'm making any purchases I'm wondering what sort of improvement I'll get by spending that much on either just an amp or an amp and a DAC. Is the improvement worth the money or should I instead get some other headphones and then save up for an amp? I really like the sound of the DT 770 but I've read mixed opinions about amping them, some say they really need to be powered properly while some say it's useless.
If it's worth spending money on an amp, which one should I get? Should I just get an amp or a DAC too? Right now I'm using a Lenovo laptop with FLAC files as my source. As far as the sound I'd like to keep the bassy awesomeness of the DT 770 as it is but maybe boost the recessed mids slightly if possible. It doesn't matter if It's a tube or solid state amp but my understanding is that tubes have a warmer sound and they look freaking awesome which makes them a little more appealing but I'd take a better sounding solid state over a better looking tube any day.
Some additional info; my laptop doesn't have any optical output so I have to rely on USB. I want an AC powered desktop amp, nothing wireless.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Edited by Exodusx32 - 6/23/12 at 11:44am