I listen music everyday for about 2 hours. I listen to pretty much every genres (pop, rock, alternative rock, funk, jazz, classic) except for electronic music and hip hop. I love bands like Incubus, Foo Fighters, Jamiroquai, but the list is endless. I listen to music to what I think is a normal volume (60-70% iPod max volume).
The help I ask you is about my "portable" configuration. I listen music with an old iPod mini with the Apple EarPods (LOL, I know), and I want to buy a good pair of Headphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 or HD 598.
I searched a lot in many forums, and the few things I think I understand are:
a) iPod (mini) DAC is really poor;
b) I need an amplifier.
Now, the questions I have are:
1. If I buy headphones like the Sennheiser HD 558, can I use them just plugging them in my iPod?
2. If not, would an amplifier or an amplifier with DAC like a FIIO E17 in between be a solution or the problem is really the iPod?
3. If the iPod is the problem, what other portable source do you suggest me to buy?
Thank you very much for your patience.