I'm incredibly excited to have purchased the Sennheiser HD 600s, my first pair of high-end headphones. But now, I'm very confused about what amplification or DAC I need to get.
I could go about the audio set up 2 ways. One, I could use my new retina macbook pro (the newest model) or my mid-2010 iMac. I have an Apogee Duet 1 which I read COULD be used as a DAC, but I don't know if it's ideal. I'm wondering what, up to about $350 dollars (less is best!) do I need to get to supplement this? I've read about the fiios line but I guess these are considered "portable" and thus not as good? I could download FLAC files from the Internet for this....
But, another option is my Music Hall MMF 2.2le. I have lots of vinyl and currently it runs through a preamp into my Bose Wave, just because it was what's available. If this turntable coupled with an amp would be a better audiophile solution, I'd prefer doing that. If 350 won't cut it for good amplification, I will save up. It's entirely possible there is some other source option, but I don't know what it is but if it exists let me know!! I love to learn.
I love all music, and play a ton of it. Literally anything besides country and screamo (except I love stuff like At the drive-in, etc). Some of my favorites are Sigur Ros, Deafheaven (listening to Sunbather on ipod earbuds was actually what sparked the desire for high-ends), Coltrane and any jazz, especial modal, classical (modernist period), Radiohead, pop music and folk, hip hop from Kendrick Lamar to Young Thug, electronic from dubstep to James Blake (LOVE)... really anything. But I really do love that wall-of-sound, shoegazy, atmospheric stuff that you hear in sigur ros or deafheaven.
Music affects me more than anything in my life, it is my life. I just want a setup (fit for a small apartment) that can bring me it in the fullest way possible.
Thanks for all the help, I'm so excited!
EDIT: Changed the focus of the topic a bit after choosing the 600's. Thanks for the help before!
Edited by CarlosK - 2/19/14 at 10:55pm