First off, i am pretty much a novice when it comes to most hi-fi audio equipment, but am trying to learn more and more. So i decided to come on here and ask a community that knows. I am a college student and have a pretty basic set-up right now (being broke will do that to ya). Right now, I've got a pair of AKG-240s, a cheap Bravo V1 tube headphone amp, and I'm running it off my MacBook Pro Retina with a pretty decent .flac collection of albums. I plan to get some HD650s in the summer, but right know i'm stuck with the AKGs. My question to you all is: 1. What is a good headphone amp that can replace the V1 for around $200-$300? 2. What kind of sound card/digital-to-analog should i get? I know that just using the headphone jack and a 3.5 to RCA cable is loosing me a lot of quality 3. What is the best .flac player for macs? I'm using Enqueue right now.
Thanks for the help guys!