This is my first time getting a great pair of headphones, and I think I've narrowed down my search to the Audio Technica ws99 or ws77. I've done a lot of research, but I'm confused on some stuff. This is kind of overwhelming for a first-timer!
Here's some background info:
I guess you could call me a basshead. I listen mostly to "electronic dance music", but I DON'T want the bass to be overwhelming to the point that I can't appreciate how the music is supposed to sound. I listen to all sorts of music like: hardstyle, dubstep, trap, trance, drum n bass, house, etc. etc. I mostly listen to my music off sources like Soundcloud.
I'll be playing music exclusively off my fairly high-end gaming laptop: the MSI GT60 0NC-004US (http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GT60-0NC.html). This laptop apparently has a specially built-in amping system for improving audio that MSI calls "audio boost". I can't find too much information on how it works exactly though.
I don't have an Ipod, and I'm not really interested in listening to music off my phone.
I've been using a Logitech H800 for years, so this is going to be a huge change for me! Very exciting. :)
Budget = ~$200
Now on to the questions!
After looking through the mannnyyyy pages of the ws99/ws77 owner thread, http://www.head-fi.org/t/650449/the-new-ws99-ws77-pg-57 , I've read that the ws99 can benefit greatly from an amp. Now please forgive me if I'm wrong, I am still learning, but an amp is only necessary if the hardware feeding the music signal to the headphones can't provide enough "juice" right? If so, would I even need an amp with the laptop I specified? The WS99 seems like a great option, but an amp+ws99 is out of my budget.
Unfortunately, there don't seem to be many reviews on the ws99 and even less on the ws77. Can anyone explain what I'd be losing out on if I get the ws77 instead of the ws99? And would I need to amp the ws77 for use with my laptop? If so, which amp would you recommend? I am pretty confused on how to choose an appropriate amp.
Are the ws77/ws99 going to significantly reveal flaws in the source? I want to be able to enjoy listening to music from sources like Soundcloud and (much less often) YouTube.
Btw, if I've left out any important information, please let me know! :)
Edited by anr0 - 12/27/13 at 9:19pm