I have a lovely set of AKG K701's which require a much needed bit of oomph! I use these mainly with my laptop and I know they aren't getting any justice this way. Am I right in thinking that using these from my laptop I would be better off with a Heaphone/DAC combo (such as iBasso D2 etc) instead of a conventional headphone amp (G Slee Voyager)? Is the idea that the DAC will bypass the soundcard on my laptop?
I occasionally use the cans through my Marantz PM6003 (coupled with a CA DacMagic) which seems ok, so I assume a traditional headphone amp would be best here? I am going to stick with the laptop as my source however for the AKG's so with the above advice onboard can anyone suggest something in the region of £150-200 that can help me get the best out of the K701's? Am I better with a DAC/USB amp? Is it worth using a Headphone Amp on its own with a laptop as a source? I'm interested but a bit wary to go with the DIY headphone amps I read alot about online.
Hope I am making sense here, and if anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!