(Hopefully this is in the right forum. Apologies if it's not.)
Hello all. I've spent the past week deciding on a new set of headphones to use for mastering/mixing tracks from my laptop. Thanks mostly to all the in-depth information on this forum I've (almost) settled on the AKG K702. Something that seems to come up fairly often is the fact that these headphones really need amplification to be used to their full potential. I've already got a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio interface/DAC http://us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i4 and I'm not sure it will be beefy enough to drive the K702's. I spent most of last night searching for an answer to that question but didn't come up with anything definitive.
So that's the first part of my question.
Secondly, I have already been searching for headphone amps to use in conjunction with the 2i4 in case it won't be enough. I've looked at amps that range in price from the Fiio e9 to the Schiit Asgard- above those prices and I'm not sure I'd even be able to hear the difference in price. (though I'm sure some of you may disagree), but I'm already going to be well over $500 just to hear decent sounds from my laptop (this isn't even mentioning what I'm looking at for studio monitors but that's a whole other can of worms, and something I won't be worried about for a while). And I'd rather not invest in a whole new DAC since the 2i4 offers so many other inputs that are really handy like the midi and instrument/mic inputs.
Any light you could shed on this subject would be excellent. Thanks!