I have around a $500 budget for headphones, DAC, and an amp. I will be listening from my home about 95% of the time via my laptop. I am looking for a USB DAC to replace my crappy headphone port on my laptop. I'm not sure if I'll need an amp or not, but just in case the budget allows one, so be it.
I listen to all kinds of music, but mainly Ambient, Post-Rock, Neoclassical, Hop Hop, and Trance music. Here are some links for examples:
I would say that I want something closed and circumaural. I would say that I prefer something heavy on the low end, as well as warm mids and crisp highs.
Thanks a ton!