Originally Posted by bclark8923
I listen to quite a bit of electronic (dubstep, trance, house) and will occasionally listen to just about everything else (Metal, country, hip hop, pop, etc.).
For about 3 years I've had the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm headphones. I love how they sound but they sometimes seem a bit quiet and the bass isn't exactly what I'd like, maybe something with a bit more of a full bass feeling w/ keeping good mids/highs. I generally listen from my iPod or Laptop w/o an amp.
1) Get an Amp (I mostly listen to these when near a laptop or what not)
2) Get higher quality headphones (Up to $500 but would like to spend around $300)
Does your laptop come with S/PDIF optical & coaxial outputs? (I know it has USB).
Chances are the laptop comes with a very low cost DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) and the line-out/headphone jack comes with a high impedance (resistance, measured in Ohms), which is a negative for low Ohm headphones.
I would guess your iPod comes with a better DAC and quality headphone amplifier then your laptop.
With your iPod get the Fiio E11 portable headphone amplifier and a Fiio L cable, the L cable bypasses your iPods headphone amplifier and feeds a slightly better analog audio signal to the E11.
Get the E11 with an extra battery and simple AC battery charger ($65-$70)
That is about as much as you can do for on the move with the iPod (as it's not practical to add an external DAC).
For your laptop. adding an external DAC and headphone amplifier should improve the sound quality of any headphone being used with the laptop.
The Fiio E10 portable USB-DAC-headphone amplifier ($70) would be about the cheapest for using with the laptop.
The Fiio E17 portable DAC & headphone amplifier (with L cable) could work with both the iPod and the laptop.
You can try the E17 with your current DT770 Pro 80-Ohms, then decide if you still want to replace the DT770s
The headphone amplifiers used on portable Fiio products are very low impedance (a Plus).