*I'm brand new to Head-Fi so please forgive the fact that my questions may have already been answered elsewhere on this site.*
Not only am I new to Head-Fi, but I'm also just getting into better sound quality when it comes to headphones. My current pair were $20 at Best Buy and I decided I wanted something with a lot more bass. That being said, I'm more of a basshead than an actual audiophile. I really only listen to EDM so I wanted a pair of headphones that would provide some thump but not sacrifice mids and highs. I finally purchased the V-MODA m-100's. I heard nothing but good things about these headphones, especially for the kind of music I listen to.
I mainly use a desktop to stream music from sites like Spotify and SoundClound, but occasionally plug in to my Android device to jam on the go. While researching the best pair of headphones for me, I stumbled across information about headphone amps. I didn't know much about them, but it makes sense that the average listening device doesn't provide enough power to get the most out of high-end headphones, and that most PC sound cards are simply crap.
So my question is: should I be looking for a desktop amp or a portable amp...or perhaps something that will cover both? As mentioned, I do most of my listening sitting in front of a desktop PC (or laptop) so my initial thought is to go with a desktop amp/DAC. But what if I want to plug my Android phone into an amp while I'm traveling or away from my PC? I'd love to find something like the O2-ODAC that can run off of batteries - the O2-ODAC only uses AC power.
The I came across the Fiio line of amps and read really good reviews. It would appear that the desktop amp has a dock for the portable model (something like an E7) but I'm not really sure what the intended purpose is. Why would you connect a portable amp to a desktop amp? Or does the Fiio desktop (the E9 for example) not have an internal amp? I guess I get a little confused when it comes to the many, many optional available through Fiio. Fiio seems like the best option for me because I'm not really looking to spend hundreds of dollars - I'm just not that advanced yet.
Bottom line: I'm looking for an amp/DAC that will work well with the m-100, that isn't too expensive, and that can potentially be used as a portable amp (for Android). It would also be nice to find something that is battery powered or USB powered so I don't have to lug an AC adapter around with me.
I really appreciate the advice!
Edited by br34kb34t - 5/6/14 at 10:20am