Firstly, thanks for a great community with lots of helpful people. I've been lurking around here for quite some time, but when I research one question ten new pops up. What I have gotten from all my research is that you need to know what you want, and you have to match every component to get what you desire. So basically what I'm saying is that after trying to figure everything out in this jungle of possibilities I find myself lost, and are in need for some direction.
Here are some of my prefrences and requirements:
1) Money is not an option for me, but I wouldn't want to pay twice as much for a setup which is only marginally better. ie I'm not spending $10k here unless I really need to.
2) Source will be a PC with all my ripped flac CDs. I have Asus Xense Essence ST installed, and can use the coaxial output, USB or even change the soundcard to supply an external source.
3) I mainly listen techno, trance, electronica and drum & bass. My optimal headphone system would have deep bass, punch and control in the midtones and be soft in the upper frequencies, but not too soft (I do like details).
A couple of days ago I demoed a pair of JBL K2 ($30,000) powered by a pair of Mcintosh mc1 2kw (~$25,000 each), sourced by a squeeze box and a DAC. If anyone has heard these, they have the qualities I'm after (in a pair of headphones, haha). They do however lack a lot in the lower spectrum, but that can be fixed by a sub or two.
So what do you guys think would be a great combo for me, what should I look into?