Name is Adrian, writing from Melbourne Australia.
I am currently in the market for a headphone amplifier (and DAC combo if recommended).
My parents are chipping in for a x-mas present and I have been able to convince them to help out on a long awaited HP amplifier/dac purchase.
A little about my listening habits and conditions:
100% of listening is done at my desktop PC with standard Gigabyte onboard sound card (GA-X58A-UD7 rev 2.0 using Realtek ALC889 codec).
I mostly watch bluray quality movies although I love to listen to all types of music (but mostly rock/metal/blues/jazz/folk and… dubstep).
Current headphones are:
Input Impedance: 25 ohms
Sensitivity: 106 dB/mW
Max Input: 1,800mW
Going from cheap Hp’s in the past to these blew my mind.
I don’t tend to listen at high volumes 95% of the time but every now and then I do like to crank up the dubstep for 5-10 minutes. I have found that the bass delivery can distort at volumes just under what I desire. I’d like to think that I have found the limit of the sound card and not the HP’s, hence the reason for the amp.
Current budget is approximately AU$500 (~US$465 at this time).
Any suggestions on an amp that would pair well with these HP’s would be greatly appreciated.
Other notes to consider:
Should I consider a DAC?
Preferred connection between PC and Amp/DAC.
Compatibility with future HP purchase?
Portability is of no concern.
I like to fiddle with the onboard equaliser so a neutral sounding amp would be preferred?
Thanking you in advance and kind regards,