Hey, first off this post is all over the place so I had no idea what forum it belongs to so please move it if it needs moving. This is my first post on head-fi , I have been lurking on and off for a while starting back when I bought my ad700’s about 2 years ago through recommendations here. Now however I am looking for an upgrade and have been reading for the past couple weeks learning about everything I could to make an informed decision but there are some many different avenues one can take and differences of opinion I haven’t been able to figure out quite what to do.
To start off my budget for the rig is around 400-500 dollars. I am willing to spend more if I am getting better value. I will probably buy used or whatever avenue gives me the best value. The other reason I don’t mind spending more is because it seems as long as you treat your gear well you can resell it for little loss which I find intriguing. I would also prefer to have upgrade opportunities (another reason I may buy higher if it allows for easier/cheaper upgrade path.
I am a nooby so I can’t describe the exact sound signature I like etc but what I do know is...
- I listen to mostly hardcore techno, hardstyle, electro house, and other electronic genres, but am interested if the upgrade will allow me to appreciate other genres more (somewhat not a big deal, find most other stuff kind of boring to listen to except some rock etc)
- Home rig: My music is all digital however if I have to burn them into cds to attain higher value or quality I can do it.
- I also play some games but the ad700’s can be used for that if need be just thought I would mention it.
My current setup is foobar: flac/v0 mainly ->my computer which is using an onboard sound card -> ath-ad700
For my requirements some of the different routes I have heard suggested are: Headphones: dt770 or dt880, m50, ultrasone 750(?), srh840, hd600-650, there are more also some dennons but you get the picture.
At this point I am wondering at what pricepoint/can am I going to need an amp/dac/sound card etc. Which is where I start to get overwhelmed. I have found a deal on a used pair of hd600 with rega ears amp. I am wondering if this is a good deal or if my money is better spent elsewhere. If I were to buy these where is the weak link in the chain. Would I need a better DAC to support this should I look into a sound card. Should I sell the rega ears and buy a different amp should I look elsewhere maybe grab an hd 650 off of ebay or one of the many other suggested cans. Then there are amps/dac choices. I have heard bad things about the rega ears. I have seen combos like the nuforce icon hdp which does everything but is a little pricey (but doable if the value is there). There are also options like the sonar stx essence with its built in amp. A third option I have seen was the Focusfire Saffire Pro 24 DSP but I have just skimmed the surface and I am sure to have overlooked many many better combos.
So as the wall of text crits for over 9000 I am asked for advice with my situation as to how to proceed the most difficult part I am having so far is figuring out what would bottle neck me in the variety of can/dac/amp/etc combinations.
As this post was long I am sure I have left some things out but please help me ;D.
tldr I need rig for 400-500 dollars, for electronic music at home.