First off, thanks to anyone taking the time to read my post and offer help.
I have been doing a bit of reading on the headphones I would like to get, and I am currently targeting the Sony MDR MA-900. I am open to other possibilities, but from what I have been able to read, these headphones are top notch at their price point (sub$200). I am not predisposed to an open headphone, but I don't need a closed, or isolated headphone, so my understanding is an open is probably better in this case. I listen to classic rock, alternative, some metal, and a large amount of hip-hop. If anyone has any recommendations on different headphones, I am open to suggestions.
To the main point of my thread. I currently have a fair amount of FLAC albums stored on my PC, with a decent supplement of V0 mp3 files as well. My PC has only the on board audio. I am curious how to best optimize this source. I do have a 5th generation ipod, and a Samsung Galaxy S 3 that may see some use, but these would be negligible. With my PC as the source, should I be investing in a DAC and/or amp or a hybrid? My budget is somewhat modest, but I want to make a wise choice, so if I have to suck it up and save a little money I can do that. Am I taking the right approach even, or should I reconsider? I appreciate any help offered, thanks!