I just bought the Shure srh840 on ebay. I am extremely new to the world of quality sound, and I would like your opinions. I have attempted to do a lot of research, mostly on this site, and I have found myself completely lost. I would like any recommendations for how to maximize my sound without spending too much money. Here's some information:
-I will mainly be using an mp3 player (http://www.amazon.com/Coby-MP620-4GBLK-Video-Player-Radio/dp/B0035P4C06/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364488806&sr=8-1&keywords=coby+mp3+player) with mostly 320 kbps mp3s.
-I do have some CDs (especially since I discovered how cheap they can be on Gohastings), which I would either play with my Dell laptop, my PS3 with optical output through my Turtle Beach DSS with Dolby bypass, a Sony stereo (I don't know what the model is, but it is probably at least 10 years old, and I doubt my parents would), or possibly my mom's Bose stereo (I don't know if there is a headphone jack, and I am away at college at the moment).
-I also bought a Fiio e11 amp. What I have determined in limited listening is that I can notice a small improvement in sound quality, but nothing huge.
Here are some questions:
1. Should I go with a different amp? Possibly one that has a DAC? I have whatever integrated sound card came with my laptop, and I have no plans of upgrading unless it could be done cheaply. I would prefer to have a portable amp, but I would be open to any suggestions. Again, I do not want to spend a lot of money (under $100 would be great). I care FAR more about sound quality than having a plethora of equalizer options. I am always fine with how the artists recorded their songs (I don't ever change the bass with my e11--I guess I'm not a basshead). I am not at all opposed to selling my e11 on Amazon.
2. I'm sure I am missing something, so is there anything else you would recommend for my situation?
I am extremely grateful for any replies, as this whole situation has been somewhat overwhelming.