I'm back here after a few years hiatus. I need to find an amp that can do an ok job with a few pairs of headphones, with an Imac as the main source, with the occasionnal use of Ipad/Iphone.
I'm by no means an expert in the field, but already have a few pairs of decend mid-range headphones thanks to a friend who helped me with that a couple years ago.
I'm currently using either the Grado RS-1 (not RS-1i), the old Sennheiser HD-580 (slightly upgraded with 650 cables and grills), and finally recently purchased the brand new Philips Fidelio X1.
I already have a Grado RA-1 battery amp, which I don't use because buying 9V batteries ends up being expensive and it's a hassle. Also, I don't think it would drive the Sennheiser HD-580 correctly. Haven't tried with the Philips... but I don't expect much.
Do you have any recommendation that would do the job with all 3 headphones with an Imac as the main source? Guess I'm in the market for a DAC/AMP. Not to sure about budget... Looking for good quality/price. I was once using lossless files, but I found out I'm happy enough with just MP3/MP4s, so I 'm not looking for the very most expensive stuff.
Do you recommend selling the RA-1 ? I don't really use it because it's battery powered and the RS-1 are so easy to drive (with ok results, guess it could be better). What do you think of it ? What is it worth nowadays?
Thanks a lot for helping!!! I know this a lot of questions, and I couldn't find a clear answer by looking at a few threads I found here. Hope to hear from you soon!