So I have recently been trying to set up a good system but have so far been totally disappointed. Makes me wonder whether all this audiophile malarky is worth it.
Let me first say that I hate the MP3 revolution where downloading compressed files for convenience over the quality of CD's is the future.
So I have my iPhone 4 and Senn CX300II and my music is in Apple lossless files. I find the sound OK and adequate. It isn't poor but I know better can be had.
I therefore decide to try and get a decent setup for different rooms of my house. First I buy an average system to use as a base reference point.
Based on excellent reviews, I buy the Marantz 6003 CD player (£250), the Marantz 6003 Amp (£250) and the Tannoy Mercury V1 speakers. I am very pleasantly surprised by this system and the sound coming out of the £100 speakers. However using headphones with both the CD player or amp is poor. I initially try the Senn HD 555's but then buy some HD595's. Both produce poor results through the headphone output of the Marantz (the sound from the speakers though is very good).
With the obvious poor headphone results I decide to go up a step for my other room. So I purchase a £2000 Shanling 2000 Tube CD player, a Little Dot Mark III Headphone Amp (£160) and some Senn HD 650's (£280). Listening to the same tunes I am extremely disappointed to find that the results are not that much better than the results with the HD 595's and the Marantz setup.
Why do all headphones sound poor? I thought a pair of £280 Senn HD 650 is suppose to mimic the sound quality of a £2000 set of speakers? It struggles to surpass the £100 Tannoy Mercury's. Also there is very little difference between the HD 650 and HD 595. In fact there is not much difference to my iPhone 4-CX 300II combination and the HD 650- Little Dot- Shanling combo.
I have since bought the Senn IE8 for my iPhone (and am waiting for it to arrive) as it appears music from the iPhone isnt actually much worse than that from an audiophile CD setup.
Where I am going?
All headphones seem to distort so easily. They also appear to sound hollow/tinny and not full/meaty as with speakers.