Hello all, I've been reading throughout the forums for a while now, but this is my first post. I've searched through so many reviews of different headphones, and this morning I finally picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's for a bargain price of $146 after tax. Wasn't my first choice... in fact, I was about to pull the trigger for Q701's, but I felt the price was too good to pass up on the 598's with so many good reviews on them.
So now I need to pick up a DAC and AMP or DAC / AMP combo.
I was looking at the Firestone Audio Fubar IV Plus for $129 from Amazon, but I'm not sure if that's the best solution for me. I do need optical out, so that's critical. The main purpose for it would be to watch movies / TV. I live in an apartment, so unfortunately I can't go the 5.1 or 7.1 route, but I do want to experience the best I can when watching movies. I'll also be using it for games (PS4, XBOne).
I was then thinking of picking up the Schiit Magni for the amp, and then just picking up a DAC like the FiiO D3, which has optical in. Do you guys think that would be the best route for me? I'm not really looking to spend more than $150-200 for the DAC / AMP combo, unless it's a spectacular difference. I also worry about whether it'll handle the decoding. I'll be watching movies from a media PC (XBMC), and TV from a U-Verse receiver, which I don't know how it outputs through optical, whether PCM or what.
Anyway, I'm open to all suggestions for hardware, maybe new suggestions, if there's something better suited than the Magni + D3 combo.
Edit: Oops, looks like I posted before reading the Welcome PM which asked me to post this in the Help section. Sorry about that, would appreciate it if a mod could move me over.
Edited by atoff - 12/21/13 at 2:10pm