My wonderful girlfriend just bought me a pair of Grado SR80i headphones for my birthday! (Thanks to my brother and best friend for guiding her in the right direction ;) )
Anyway, I'd like to have something to drive them that will do a little better job than my MacBook's soundcard or my iPod. I don't want to spend too much money on a headphone amp, though (~$200), but I do want to get some serious sound out of these headphones. Is there a headphone amp that will offer me serious performance at a very low price?
If it offered digital to analog conversion via USB and/or toslink, that would be even better (and would allow for some increase in the price I'm willing to pay). The ultimate would be a preamp with a DAC and headphone output so I could use my computer with either my headphones or my amplifier, but I'm not sure if there's anything like that within my price range. I'm not too afraid of the used market, if that will make a difference....
Thanks for the help!