I currently run a ibasso d4 mamba and a denon d2k.
Mainly i use the amp/dac on my desktop, and sometimes i use it while i use my laptop. So i think portable is a good thing.
I want to upgrade my headphones down the road but i still like my D2000, my issue is with the mamba, it create tons of hiss when its turned up, i usually have the gain on, and about 1/2 up on the knobs, or whenever i turn the knob it create a hiss. The sound it self is a bit muddled to my taste, i like sharper and punchier sound, with a nice bass. Not a bass head but i like the movie theater feel.
I listen to a wide genre, mostly hip hop and dubstep or anything upbeat, but i do like movie scores, i listen to them often, right now im listening to hans zimmer score for the simpson movie... lol
I dont like the sound card from either of my desktop or laptop, im not a gamer, but i listen to music about 4-8hr a day specially if im working.
My budget is 300-400, im even thinking of stand alone for my desktop but not sure if the price can justify quality. Or i save up for a schiit?
Thanks for all the help in advance!!!