I am going to be upgrading my audio equipment, and I am probably going to buy a Sony SCD-CE595 CD/SACD player or some other comparable player to listen to CDs/SACDs. I have a Nationite S:Flo2 (Which sounds very nice), and a pair of AT M50s (I have other low end stuff that is not really worth mentioning such as a rockboxed Fuze and some old UE MetroFi 150VIs.) What I am looking for is how much I should spend on a the headphone and amp combo for the Cd player and S:flo2. I have been looking at the ALO RX for a while now especially because it is supposed to sound amazing out of the S:flo2's Line out, and would pair nicely with the player. This would be portable, which is nice. However, I almost feel as if my dollars would go further if I spent them on a desktop amp for around the same price ($250). The cans I am looking at are the Ultrasone HFI-580 and the Ultrasone Pro 900 (on which I would certainly try Kees' mod.) The 580 is $140, and the 900 is around $340. I like bass that I can hear and feel, not so much that it is very inaccurate, but enough for a pronounced thump and boom (but again, not bad boom). Detail, transients, and lushness are also nice. I listen to everything, but love rock, dance, soundtracks, and many bassy songs. Pink Floyd is amzing too. On the soundracks, Hans Zimmer is a favorite of mine, and with good bass, the songs really come alive in spine-tingling glory. I guess my question is should I just buy the 900s and be amazed by them without the amp for a while out of the S:Flo2 (which is powerful) and the CD player? Or should I get the 580s and the portable or desktop amp? I am leaning towards just getting the 900s. I also just listened to some Grado SR60is the other out of my S:Flo2 and they sounded really natural and good. Suggestions, commentary, advice and insight are welcome. My budget for amp and cans totals around $400, though I could go a little higher if it is a big step up.
P.S. I will try to make it to Canfest although it is a long drive, because the best way to know what you like is to hear it.
Edited by GeorgeGoodman - 7/26/10 at 7:28pm