I've been doing a lot of research on this forum lately trying to find the best headphone setup for my needs. I think I'm headed in the right direction, but I still have a couple questions and figured I'd join up anyways.
I have a decent 2.1 speaker setup running off the onboard on my PC that's served me well so far, but my new living situation dictates I get a pair of decent headphones, and I know I can do better than the onboard for cheap (I used to have a decent soundcard but it broke). I'll mainly be using these headphones for gaming and listening to music on my PC, as well as using it with my guitar amp for quiet playing, and occasionally connecting it to my laptop when I'm not at home.
It looks like the best headphones for my specific needs and bang for buck are the DT-990 Pro's which run at 250 Ohms. Now, from what I can tell after researching the forum, the ASUS Xonar DGX should be a big step up from the onboard audio for my speakers, and should be able to power the DT-990's *enough*. This card also has Dolby 5.1 which is a pretty big deal for gaming, and it's also pretty good value.
I know these headphones plugged directly into my laptop will probably sound like crap, and they'll probably sound equally as bad plugged directly into my guitar amp. I also know that the DGX won't be capable of fully powering these headphones, so I might lose some quality there. It seems to me like the best solution to this problem would be to get a budget portable headphone amp to use with the laptop, guitar amp, and help the DGX power the headphones if need be.
So I guess my question is: what portable amp should I be looking at? I don't really want to have to charge the amp over and over again if I'm going to be using it as a desktop amp with my PC all the time, but I guess I can't really use a USB amp with my guitar amp either. My guitar amp actually has a USB Mini B port on it, so maybe I could use some sort of adapter with a USB powered portable amp, but I'm not even sure if that USB port is capable of powering an amp.
What do you guys think? I want to save as much money as possible, and I'll be ordering from Amazon.ca . I know that in this scenario it's not likely I'll be able to have my cake and eat it too.
Thanks for the help.
Edited by DoubleFish - 11/9/13 at 5:41pm