Somewhat new to the game, so excuse my lack of knowledge and potential misuse of the audiophile buzzwords. I originally posted this in the IEM forum, but I didn't get much of a response.
My current setup is laptop --> Headroom Total BitHead --> IE8s (or sometimes Sennheiser HD280 Pros)
I love the deep bass range of the IE8s - I think it makes the music feel full-bodied and powerful. Definitely don't want to give that up. I normally listen to electric-guitar-based rock, and the IE8s sound really great for tracks with deep, heavily distorted electric guitars.
But the mids (maybe the higher end of the mid range) seem too recessed for typical rock music. The music has a nice full (warm?) sound, but the cutting guitar riffs are just not as "in your face" as they should be.
So before we get into a comparison of other IEM's, can anyone comment on my setup and whether a dedicated DAC/amp would bring out the mids/upper-mids? I eventually want to pick up a pair of HD600s or HD650s so I wouldn't mind upgrading the whole setup if it would also benefit the IE8s. Also, I don't want to lose the bass by switching to a different IEM.
Are the changes I want too dramatic to achieve from a decent DAC/amp setup (something like the Headroom Micro, for example)?