Before I get into this, I'm relatively new to the whole audiophile world (and a first time poster) so I apologize for any noobness! I am looking for a rig to get me started, but I also want it to be something that I won't be ashamed to still use a few years down the road. The very top of my budget (which is where I am looking right now because why not?) is ~$200 for cans and ~$200 for an amp/DAC plus some money for an LOD and decent USB (if need be). Right now I am listening to a lot of alternative rock, indie rock, and, well, just rock, but my tastes range anywhere from Jazz to Soul to Reggae to (some) Rap and Electronic. I am coming from a music background and have always wanted to get more depth out of my sound, but have not, until recently, had money to drop on gear. The majority of my listening will be on my computer (FLAC), but I will also be doing a fair amount of listening on my iShallnotspeakitsname (320k).
Okay so the setup I am thinking about currently:
Has anyone heard this combo?? My thought was I would get a USB Amp/DAC combo so that when I upgrade/sidegrade (whenever that may be), I will still have something that is portable if not reference grade (by a long shot from what I understand). That being said, is the UHA-4 versatile enough to pair with a potentially wide range of cans (assuming that I am able to convince someone I am working for any extended period of time) or is there another Amp/DAC combo in the price range that would be more accommodating? For now I am looking for something that will both respectably bypass the soundcard on my computer and the amp on my portable while still being small enough to fit in a pocket.
As far as the Grados go, I liked what I heard when I tested them out at a local shop and figured that at some point I would want something a little more neutral, but with my current tastes where they are, Grados are a good place to start.
In the future I am thinking about (though I haven't had the chance to test yet) a set of AKG K702s and maybe an O2+ODAC for dedicated home listening. I know that the K702s aren't that much more than the SR225s, but $200 is literally the top of my budget right now and I want to get some listening in ASAP!
Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place and thanks for any input!