Major PC Audio Upgrade - HD600's w/ which amp & sound card?

CK7

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I want to upgrade my PC audio in a big way. I use it for games (mostly action-adventure, shooter and RPG) as well as blu-ray movies & music (electronic, rock, hip-hop, orchestral).

I will be using headphones 90% of the time. I've been using Sennheier HD280 Pro's for over 10 years, and, while they're pretty great, they are literally falling to pieces now and I want to take it to the next level.

I'm thinking HD600's, but am unsure what sort of amp and sound card to get with them. I currently plug my headphones straight into the jack and use my ASROCK Z87 Extreme3 mobo for sound.

My budget is ~$750, but flexible. However, that $ may not go as far here in Korea. For example, the HD600's may be had for $350 on sale, but are otherwise $500+.

Another option is the 558's, which wouldn't require an amp, but I do want the leap from the 280's to be huge and last me another 10 years.
 

admiral_akmir

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When I was looking for an amp / dac combo the one's I heard about a lot were the Schiit models, and the JDS labds O2+ODAC combo. I had the Schiit modi / Magni stack for a while, it was good.
 

CK7

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Schiit? What a name.

Well, upon doing some research on the parts you (and the other guy who I guess deleted his post) suggested I found that all of those things are either unavailable or incredibly expensive here in SK, so I think I'm just going to go with a USB amp/DAC, possibly a Meridian Explorer & the HD600's.
 
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