Hi, everyone! I am a new-comer here from china. I accidentally came upon this forum one day and I really feel this is the right place for information and knowledge update.
The phones I have ever purchased are sennheisser HD200, AKG K242HD, JVC HP-RX900, grado SR325. No need to explain sr325 trumps all the other three phones and is my most frequently used phone of course.
Due to economical reason I cannot afford a decent sound source equipment or a good amplifier (these things’ price is really ridiculous), so my sr325’s sound performance can only be considered as modestly well. Especially the treble part is really irritating sometimes, very hard to be controlled.
So here comes the question. I own sr325 now, a phone mainly good at pop, jazz and rock, which render most of my classical music collection idle. So I am searching a phone most complementary to sr325 in style. Considering that soon I will go to some other places for a period of time for work reasons, so I want this phone to be relatively easy to drive that I can directly insert it to my laptop and can also get a decent sound. My budget is within $300.
I want to introduce my favorite sound pattern of headphones. The first phone I’ve ever bought is HD200, which many people think is very lame (prevalent opinion in China), but this phone really caters to my sound taste. It’s quite obvious that sr325 is much higher than HD200 in sound quality, fidelity and definition, but there is just something about which sr325 can never overcome HD200----artistic feeling. So I also want to ask: Is HD600 or HD650 or even HD800 bear the same characteristic with HD200?
And there is another question. I am planning to buy an amplifier too. I know solo and lehmann get a good reputation. Looking at solo’s inside structure is really surprising, it’s hard to believe so few electronic items can sell at such a high price. Lehmann is much better. But both of them seems to be designed for HD600 and HD650. So my question is: Are these two amplifiers also suitable for other phones like sr325 or other brands. I also want to know which is the most adaptable amplifier to most headphones? I don’t want a most suitable amp for any particular phones, I just want a most diversified amp which can drive many phones to a primary satisfaction. It would be better if the amp can also function as a DAC.