First of all wanted to say thanks for this site and all the great post that i have read over the last few months :)
I've always loved music, mostly metal and hard rock, though I love good solid classical pieces and pretty much anything but the new stuff.
Anyways, a few months ago I was fixing the air conditioning for a customer who was also a audiophile, and he was so excited about his new headphones that he let this poor worker try them to see what I thought, probably the first time I may have really heard music the way it was meant to be heard. The headphones were Grado PS1000, I have looked at a lot of pictures of headphone amps and dac's, but have yet not figured out what his were.
Anyways, long story short, nickel and dime saving over the last few months and pouring over various sites, I now have my very own set of PS1000's and I am loving them. I don't have a headphone amp, nor dac, though I do have an asus xonar essence stx and I have been doing my best to bring myself up to speed. I've been re-recording my many old cd's into proper flac files and tweaking my computer settings as much as I can, and know how, and breaking in my new headphones in the process.
I think I got my headphones playing as optimal as this setup will allow, but would appreciate any advice firstly on any options that could help me get the best sound on what i have, but also secondly on what I can save up for to improve my rig next :)
P.S. I think I almost got them sounding as wonderful now as when I heard them playing at the customers house, but.... I didnt get to listen long enough to know for sure