So I bought some HD 598s since I have a new work schedule and was I hoping for an immersive late night listening experience. As it turns out, I was not adequately respecting the perspective of who commonly writes reviews for these and they don't really pertain to my music tastes and desires. I listen to rap, reggae, rock, dub-step, electronic, and others genres of the sort. These sennheisers simply do not create the bass/sub bass I was looking for in "powerful" music. So, I have a few options I would like to proceed with.
I do absolutely love the mids these create. However, I'm not sure if an amp is going to be able to salvage anything worth while from them. If you believe it might be worth it, I would be interested in something along the route of an E17 ($139 max) and any other portable DAC/amp recommendations are welcome. But if I am going to go with that option, I want something that will set me up for a back up plan if I am to return the 598s to amazon.
Admittedly I have no idea what I'm talking about in comparison to most/all of you, but I assume the best options for this price range (HD 598s+e17 = ~$350, but I would rather spend ~$250) are going to benefit from or require an amp in order to be what I'm looking for. Plus I'm going to need a DAC more or less anyways since I am currently running on-board, which is why the portable combo option is appealing. That or a sound card + portable amp/no amp (or I guess desktop use only if it absolutely blows other options out of the water), whichever the best option may be in regards to a headphone suggestion.
Can any of you please steer me in the right direction?
Thank you all for your interest.
Edited by The Hairy Yak - 1/9/13 at 8:41pm