Totally overwhelmed by the choices and decisions I'm facing as I consider buying a new pair of headphones and potentially an amp or dac/amp combined.
I have once owned a pair of HD650s and a Rega Ear amp years ago. It was a nice setup though they always sounded a little dark/far-away to me. I've not had the chance to listen to any other high end phones due to where I live so it's a case of ordering online and hoping for the best.
They will be most importantly for listening and enjoying music but potentially (as I have no other phones at present), I may use them with my Digital Piano occasionally too.
Listening source will be either an iPhone or my Macbook with a range of mostly mp3 (192, 310) and some uncompressed. I have no DAC at present. Varied styles, classical, jazz, folk, some indie/electronic, singer/songwriter stuff.
After lots of reading online, I have on my list the following:
HD600 (supposedly a bit brighter/more forward than the 650)
DT770 (probably not but benefits of closed mean I could take them on the plane)
I guess any opinions and advice would be appreciated. Obviously it's a very subjective thing but given some of what I've mentioned above, perhaps you could share your thoughts on which might suit best (comfort, sound) and what a suitable reasonably priced amp would be. Since I don't have a DAC, I also wonder how much better things would be if I get a DAC/AMP combined instead of just an amp?
On that note, I had planned to get a Rega Dac in the future for use with my Stereo setup (Rega Brio Amp, Rega Loudspeakers) but something like the nuForce HDP looks pretty cool too and could still be used as a pre?