In a few days I will be ordering a Hifiman HE-400. Now I am looking to buy an amplifier to drive it. I want to have one unit I can plug into my computer and have it delivery outstanding sound.
Do I need a Dac AND an amp or are most units the same thing (or include both)? I don't know that much about high end headphones, this will be my first.
I am really not looking to spend too much money. I might stretch to $300 or a little more, but maybe something closer to $200 would be better. But please give me your best recommendations even if they fall slightly outside of my price range (I can stretch if it is really worth it).
Obviously it needs to be powerful enough to drive Orthos but I also like the idea of tubes. Sound quality is my utmost consideration. Design, features etc are secondary. I want the best bang for my buck as far as SQ is concerned.
Give me your best recommendations.