Originally Posted by stevenkelby
I would say thats how most of us judged it.
Of course, you should upgrade your weakest link so that is probably the marshmallows.
It would be interesting to go through the thread and count how many put source first and how many put cans first, and who chose what, I mean looking at their experience.
I choose source first, that has the biggest impact on sound. The best cans in the world with a crap source will let you hear the crap sound really well. The best source in the world with crap cans, at least what you can hear is good quality.
Actually, the best source in the world would still sound like crap through lousy headphones. Case in point... The stock Proline 650s. They sounded so bad, that it was impossible to judge anything else up the food chain.
That's why I still maintain, one needs to improve the weakest link in one's signal path, and that could be anywhere depending upon the particulars of the components used. Yes, one will typically hear the most profound differences between different transducers, but in any particular case, that may not be the weakest component in the signal path, most in need of an upgrade.
For somebody who has a very high end system, replacing the interconnects may bring about the biggest improvement! Replacing anything else, may actually be a step backwards! It all depends upon what you're working with to start.