Coming from a pair of Denon AHD1100's and a Xonar Essence ST sound card, i want to take the plunge into a low-mid range setup and have been reading a slew of topics on HeadFi over the past few weeks. Still, i remain mostly confused.
I've read enough to believe that a pair of HE-400 will probably suit me well, and i'm pretty curious about PMD's in general. I've tried to depict my cunning scheme in the image below which shows pretty well my upgrade plan: Get a pair of headphones and start off with an amp that'll serve me both at home and on the go using an ipod (probably 5th gen) as source. But which amp?
I guess i'm looking for a really portable amp that would be satisfying as a desktop amp aswell for a pair of HE-400's. I really don't have a good grasp on defining my preferences yet in terms of bass, treble, mids, etc., but i listen to all kinds of music from classic to rock to black metal and love a good vibrant guitar.
I hope i gave atleast some indication of what i'm aiming at here. Thanks in advance for any insight!