I want to throw some money at a pair of headphones, and maybe a headphone amp/dac if it will improve the SQ vs the amp/dac from the receiver. I have a 5.1 setup at the moment connected to my Denon via optical into my PC which I use for gaming/music. It consists of Energy RC-10s, Minis, and an Emotiva U12.
I have a pair of Sony MDR-V6 that I've had for near 10 years now and have been satisfied with them since I have had nothing higher end to compare them to, until I bought a pair of AD700 for my dad for xmas. I know the AD700s aren't high end by any means, but there was a noticeable difference vs my V6. Details were more isolated, huge soundstage, vocals were much much clearer, and was a much better headphones overall vs my V6. I just didn't find the AD700 comfortable at all (too loose), and bass was lacking.
I listen to mostly mainstream hip-hop, rap, pop, etc. garbage on the radio because hey, it is catchy. I am looking at the DT770 250ohm versions as it's a nice price range and the 80ohm is an extra $50 I don't really want to spend for nearly the same quality. This will mainly for PC, stationary use so I'm not worried about hooking it up to my phone. I want GOOD bass, not muddy, cans with nice mid-range to boot. I like warm and laid back while still detailed sound, and not bright, harsh, high treble.
I am sure my receiver will have no problem driving the DT770s, but would I get the full sound that the DT770s are capable of? I'm not sure if the Denon could produce enough bass and fullness to fill the DT770, that's why I'm asking if an amp/dac would help and which would have a bigger impact on sound, the amp or the dac? I am looking to get the Schiit amp/dac combo for $200 because I believe my receiver doesn't have a line out and the DAC on my motherboard probably sucks if I connect the Magni to it. Or because the budget amp/dac combo is so cheap, it'll offer no noticeable difference vs the receiver and I should just stick to getting the headphones?
Because you know....us audio heads like to get the best sound possible and if I'm going to get amp/dac down the road, might as well get it all now if I can use the full potential of the headphones.