This is my first post and I wanted to thank all of you for the knowledge offered on this great forum.
Previous experience with headphones consisted basically of iPod earbuds and Bang and Olufsen earbuds that I got for a birthday...
After many late nights of reading countless posts, I decided on the HiFiMan HE-500 and have been evaluating them for about a month. They now have seen 100-200 hours of service and have been used in conjunction with various Headphone Amps, DAC's, and combos. I'm using a combination of source material, including old mp3's, familiar cd's re-ripped in FLAC, and 88.2 and 96 24bit quality tracks downloaded from HDTracks.com . Most of my listening sessions are on my Dell laptop hooked up via USB to my DAC/Amp.
So far, I have not been WOW'ed by my experience. After numerous returns and exchanges, I am currently using my HE-500's with a Lavry DA-11 which just arrived today. I am impressed by its DAC performance, but the overall listening experience is still weak.
Would a dedicated headphone amp make a world of difference? I've spent over $2500.00 already and was hoping to get good seats for this concert :-)