Why are some people trying to tell the OP "well you need to do this, you need to do that, yadda yadda yadda...." Some people just don't like planars. I don't know why that's so hard for some people to understand. Sure, there are definitely amps/this/that/the other thing that will improve the performance of a headphone, but typically if someone doesn't like the general nature of the phone no amount of gear swapping will change that --- even the HD800.... the only headphone I've ever heard that changes so drastically from one amp to another, still has a general signature that doesn't please everyone.
We all know there is no one perfect headphone for everyone, and we all know we each hear differently. It's much easier to please someone with speakers than it is with headphones, because you hear every, single nuance with a high-end, headphone system. I love the HD800, someone else loves the LCD-2, he loves the HE-6, she loves the SR-007, etc. etc. etc. Let's be thankful we live during a time when we have so many choices to choose from.
Audio is a very personal hobby, and I learned a long time ago that some people get easily offended if you don't like the way their system sounds. They could hype it up as the best thing ever, and you may think it sounds like absolute crap -- the worst thing you've ever heard. That's just the way this hobby is. Don't take offense, because what matters is how it sounds to you. If you enjoy pursuing the ultimate system so you can extract every last subtlety and can afford it, go for it. If you are content with what you have, terrific! The funny thing is that for myself and many others I've talked to, when we listen to our high-end gear we concentrate more on what the gear reveals and less about the music. Some of the most pleasurable moments I have listening to music is when I'm not analyzing anything through the system I've invested tens of thousands of dollars in, and just enjoying listening to the beautiful tunes through a crappy sounding $50 Logitech 2.1 computer speaker system.
Edited by IPodPJ - 9/26/11 at 1:49am