Hi all. Just joined Head-fi today and this is my first post =).
After listening to music for a long time on average iem's, I decided it's time to finally get a good pair of headphones to enjoy the music more. Since I'm new to headphones, I thought head-fi fould be a great place to ask for recommendations. I am looking for a pair of headphones and an amp+dac for under 350 but if something substantially better could be had for 400, then feel free to post those recommendations as well. I will listen mostly through my laptop (which I believe has no soundcard or a really bad one if it does so I need a dac) or through an ipod nano 4th gen. I listen to mostly rock, and alternative rock with some metal and some blues. Also, most of my music is ripped at 250-320 kps, whatever I felt like that day/time. Is that good enough for a pair of headphones of this kind of caliber? In addition, it would be a nice if this setup could be easily upgraded.
This is what I'm thinking about for headphones (other suggestions are welcome)- Sennheiser hd595, Grado sr125/225, AKG 601. Will the AKG 701 or the sennheiser hd600 be too hard to drive with a cheap (<200) amp? Also, what are everyones opinions on refurbished headphones? Are they worth the money you save?
I don't really know too much on amps but the headroom total bithead seems good, any other options?