Hey all, after years of listening of listening to music with 30+ pairs of crappy headphones (iPod headphones, Skullcandys, etc.) and a couple IEMs (Shure E3C, Brainwavz M2), I decided to take a huge step forward and make a huge investment into audio equipment.
Here's what I have purchased this last week.
Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10 w/ Chris_Himself Silver Ray IEM cable (being built)
Grado SR225i w/ Chris_Himself Headphone Cable (being built)
Sony Walkman Z
Everything sounds great right now but I still feel like I am not using my equipment to it's potential. With such nice headphones/IEMs and a pretty good source, I feel as if I cheaped out on my amp.
Will an amp be something that would be worth investing in? I know both my TF10's and SR225s do not need much to drive but will they still benefit from being amped?
If so, what would you recommend in the <$200, and how much improvement will I notice?
Also, will a LOD benefit my Walkman Z or is the A/D conversion in it already good enough?