I've been lurking on this forum reading posts for a few weeks and decided to join. This is my obligatory first post requesting recommendations on a good setup for a beginner.
Some quick background - I've always used Sony MDR series headphones and have been satisfied with them. Recently the pair I've had for some time wore out and in the process of reading reviews on getting a new pair I was led to head-fi. It sounded like the Audio Technica ATH-M50s were a solid recommendation for a beginner's choice for a closed, over the ear set so I ordered a pair. I got them in a week ago and am impressed with them so far. I wish I still had the old sonys to compare them side to side but the M50s seem much clearer and cleaner to my untrained ears.
Being happy with the upgrade in headphones has me considering another upgrade to the gear to plug them into (currently the bose speakers attached to my computer). The DAC and amp combo unit I'm looking at is the Maverick Tubemagic plus DAC, what are some other good choices to look at? I want to stay in the $200-300 range.