Hello...I've been jumping on the forum occasionally when searching for info on headphones, and now I decided to finally make an account because I hope you guys can help me out with something.
I am not what one might call "an audiophile"...I have Presonus HD7 (a.k.a. Superlux 681) and Sony XB700 headphones, and my sound source is Xonar DG on my PC (all my music is 320 kbps MP3s, haven't been getting them FLAC, dunno why). So, not much experience with higher grade stuff...
So far, Presonus have been working out for me (though, the trebble is harsh, even to my untrained ear), Xonar is potent enough to drive them well, and I pull out the Sony when I lie down in bed for listening sessions (they are so damn comfy!)...I mostly use HD7 because I got bored with omnipresent bass of XB700.
Anyway, i recently gor a pair of K280s in pretty good condition. I heard some good things about them, so I decided to give them a try. Now, my first impression is kinda mixed bag...while the soundstage is damn great, they sound...weird. I know that's because of their dual driver setup, but they sound muddy to me and I feel like much of the sound seems cut off...bass shows the hints of being much punchier and better defined than Presonus' but often I feel like lots of it doesn't even reach me. All in all, it's much different listening experience than what I'm used to...
Don't get me wrong, K280s are very usable on my poor-a** setup, but I feel as I'm not doing them justice. Even though they are rated at only 75 Ohms, I think they really need an amp in order to sound right...I don't think Xonar DG works very well here.
And this is where you come in...can you tell me more about K280 (compared to Presonus HD7), and recommend me a cheap amp (or an amp/DAC) for driving them, untill I get something better? Also, I listen to wide variety of music...from slower metal (doom) to faster (black), through Muse, Tori Amos, some electronica, dubstep, to Byzanthine chants (heh), and I do some/lots of gaming. How good of an all-rounder K280 are?
By the way, I live in Eastern Europe (Serbia), so pricing and availability might/will be an issue...but, eh. Oh, I saw some adds today for FiiO E7 (50€) and E11 (60€), both new...will they do the trick with K280, and, if they will, which one should I get (in regards to Xonar DG)?
Thanks in advance :)