Following on from my last thread, I've decided i'll keep my Creative X-Fi TiHD as my dac, so now i'm after amp recommendations.
So my current system goes as such:
Creative X-Fi TiHD -> Matrix M-Stage -> HE400s
Plus all my various IEMs, and i'm also looking into buying a pair of Mad Dog Pros in the next week or so. I am also watching the HE560 eagerly, possibly upgrading my HE400s to them, or at the very least get a set of the new pads.
Budget is roughly ~$500 or so, don't really mind if it goes over (if its worth it), but yea. I'm not really sure tube amps are what I want, they would be cool, but I tend to use my PC a lot, randomly listening to things and not, and leave my amp turned on all the time, so having to turn it off when i'm not using it (to save the tubes) sounds like a pain haha.
So yea, what do you guys reckon? What amps should I be looking at? Do you reckon i'll get much of an upgrade over the MStage, for around my budget, or am I going to have to spend more?