OK...I am new. Really NEW (LOL!). Project 86...your reviews are top notch...as a matter of fact...they are helping me empty my wallet.
I need some help and advice..from any and all... (because I am new..did I mention that?...go easy on me fellas).
I have done extensive reading and research in an effort to put together a headphone system ( I live in a cave at the beach and am preparing for winter)...and based on a lot of my readings here (you guys are so informative!!!) I have recently made some purchases...and am awaiting there arrival. I figured I would close my eyes and dive in the deep end, so I got in contact with Fried (Lake Person), wired the coin to the Lake Area and now have a DAC V800 and APA V200 on the way. (The price direct was great compared to online retailers, but will I get hit with import duties to the US?)... I also plan on purchasing a pair of LCD-2's (is there a preferred place to purchase these?) I am erring toward warm/dark ... This will be my basic setup for now.
I also have a Woo "adjustable" headphone stand in my sites (will that improve the sound quality??? LOL!).
To say the least..I am starting to get excited....but I am new, new, new to computer based files,etc. (so actually I am old..LOL), but I want some advice about basic set up and music "transport", files etc... I would like to get off on the right foot and do this well the first time.
I am using an iMac. (and/or iPad)...as my source at this point.
1. I would like to know the best method and connector to get from my iMac to my (about to be) new DAC? I get dizzy reading everything and I am confused about most of this......
2. I would like to know where I can find/purchase optimum music files, and what is the best format? There is so much conflicting info on the web about this question and I know opinions will vary...but any help would be appreciated.
3. What software is good for feeding my music files to my new system? Yeah..I don' t know that much and am open to all info.
(ask me about cameras or waves and I can tell you a thing or two.....but here I am doggy paddling).
Also..I guess I have to tell you guys in advance that I am from New Jersey..so please do not hold that against me.
I also have a modest tube amp coming from China and some small bookshelf speakers form Canada...but that is another related project (the transport/source info will help me with that system too, though).
Thanks for any help I will give back if I can (I plan on taking art photos of the equipment...so that should entertain some of you) ... and hey...go easy on me!!!!