New member here, although I've been reading for some time the forums. In the past months, I've become more interested in finding lossless audio files in order to replace some of the albums I only had in lossy format in my library.
I've decided it's time for upgrading my current headphones, which are the Audio Technica ATH-FC700. Now, I know some of the headphones out there require an amp. Right now I listen to my cans plugged directly to the headphone output in the rear of my iMac (late 2009). One solution that comes to mind is plugging the new headphones to the headphone out in a NAD stereo receiver I have in my room (should they require an amp). This receiver would be connected to the computer via the headphone out (from the iMac) as well.
On top of that, I would also like to get a DAC (or DAC+amp) in the future, since the audio experience improves a lot from what I've been learning. My budget would be around $300 as well.
Should I spend more money on the headphones and forget about the DAC (or DAC+amp) for a while? Would the DAC make a HUGE difference? Is it too tacky to just plug the headphones to the receiver via the computer?
Back to the headphones matter again, I mostly listen to classic, progressive rock, but also ska and hardcore metal even. Of course there are some jazz and blues albums, but I don't listen to them as much.
I would want them to be:
-Open, since I'm only gonna be using them in my room, where I can have peace, it's quite silent most of the time here.
-Over-ear, I find them more comfortable this way.
-Neutral, just as natural sounding as possible.
-Around $300, $350 tops.
That's pretty much it, maybe I'm asking too much for my first message :P