I agree with u on almost everything except SPL auditor + k702 combination. Personally, I prefer amp and headphone to be as transparent and faithful as possible. If anything should has "color", it should be the source gear. I only auditioned SPL with k702 so dont know how well it does with other low impedance headphones. The store I tried them has the Linn DS streamer as source, and the combination sounded simply amazing. I really enjoy the amount of detail they are reproducing. Otherwise, I will just listen on my home system which probably out performer headphone in almost every other aspect. This further confirms what I had in mind.... If such colorless amp + neutral hp sounded awful, the source should be the one to blame. Again, its probably all personal preference... I prioritize detail and resolution than anything else when pick headphones.
Unfortunately, my DAC budget is less than $2k so Linn DS streamer is out of question. Probably going to get either Hegel HD10 or Lavry DA11 when revision is out. It appear their input is limited to 96khz at the moment ><
I aslo tend to prefer amp and headphones that are transparent and faitthful , i was speacking about K702+Auditor is peraphs not a very good match from an electrical standpoint due to the 9 ohms headphone outpout from auditor , but it possibly not an issue at all , if it sounded good to your hears ^^ .
And again same , details , accurecy are what i am seeking first in a headphone , but there is always some compromise to make .
"High resolutions" stuffs ? well it's more mastering differences than anything else but just my opinion after tryed some 96khz /192khz and properly re-sampled it at 44khz .
Edited by HaVoC-28 - 6/8/12 at 2:27pm