I looked at dedicated headphone amps and what I don't know is how high up I would need to go before I would notice a distinct improvement in sound quality over what I currently own. I suspect something like the Schiit Magni III or the Monolith Liquid Spark may not make a noticeable difference ($100 amps) and maybe the Schiit Asgard would make a noticeable difference. What will probably happen to me is curiosity will get the better of me and I will buy other headphones and a quality amp just to see what I may or may not be missing. This year I plan on buying a quality CD player and 2 or 3 pairs of bookshelf speakers before I consider buying other headphones and headphone stuff. I currently make use of my new headphones and my 2.1 stereo for listening to music while I watch sports on TV (announcer and replay overload is ruining broadcast sports).