I am currently in the market for a new setup. I listen to to almost all genres of music and I am a very analytical listener. I own the Meelectronics A161 and I hope to continue to use it. This is what lead me to the Dt-880 Pro. I have read that it is a very analytical headphone and I think that the semi-open design would contrast with my A161 very well. Because of budget constraints I am looking to purchase the 250 Ohm Pro version and from what I can tell this means I will want a amp to drive it better that my macbook. I am looking at a combined amp/DAC because I currently experience a lot of noise when I plug my A161 into my computer. The Aune T1 seems to be one of the best fits since the tube may contrast the DT-880 sound sig and make it more neutral. I like the price of FiiO DAC/AMP but I am worried they will not have enough power. I am also very confused about SS vs. tube I think I understand the SQ differences fairly well but I don't understand the purpose of the tube and the differences in function of a tube on a DAC and a tube on a amplifier.
Sorry for the long post. My questions are:
What is the difference between the Pro and Premium DT-880?
Will the Aune T1 and DT-880 work well together?
What are the differences in function of a tube on a DAC and a tube on a amplifier?
Are there any other headphones or DAC/amp that I should be looking at int the same price range?
Thanks a lot!