First off I would like to thank these forums. I have been completely lost in what I should be getting with a good set of headphones and simply looking over this forum I have been able to narrow down some choices and figure out what all I will be needing to get the headphones to work correctly.
For Christmas we are getting a new 50" TV for the living room and our old 50" will be going into the basement. When the kids are sleeping I would like to when I am awake enough anyways use the basement TV for gaming (ps3 and wii as of right now), movies, and general TV use. Headphones are a must to keep the volume down and I have been looking for a decent under $200 headphone to go with this setup.
When I first started studying headphones for this use I looked at wireless setups like the Sennheiser RS 170 or Sony MDRDS6500. After reading up on headphones more I decided that more than likely wired headphones will give me more of what I am looking for in sound (I know a real shocker there!). Right now I am loooking at two possible options Sennheiser HD 558 and the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm. I have read enough to know the negatives and positives of each option here. I do wish I can test these out but I have nowhere locally to do that but I am slightly leaning towards the DT 990 with the improved base for gaming and movie use but I am not completely sure.
Here is my main question I have an old receiver it's probably maybe 10 years old now that I would like to hookup down in the basement. The receiver is a Digital Cinema Sound Studio EX from Sony and the model is STR-K850P. My TV has an optical out and this receiver does have an optical in. I have been reading up on amps and dacs for these types of headphones and am wondering if this reciever would be a good enough substitute to go with instead of purchasing an amp and dac at least for the near future. Will this type of receiver for what I am doing maybe while not get the best sound can it give me a great sound out of these headphones for my setup I would like to go with here. I am just not sure that the receiver will be able to give me what I need to get these headphones to sound great or not. Any input on this will be greatly appreciated.