I was looking at D2ks and maybe D5ks but I'm going by the general advice to invest in a "full" setup rather than just base budget on the cans.
What I plan on doing is getting a decent DAP for portability (nothing like HF 801 ,601, iBasso DX100,Colorfly etc) like maybe a used RWA iMod or just a plain 240GB modded ipod video 5.5G. Planning on selling my used iPhone 3GS White 16GB to help me pay for the whole rig but I also hope to slowly buy the base rig.
SO Basically I am looking for advice for a basic starter set up that can start with unamped or Fiio E9,E17(within that range) Cans that I can later invest in maybe a 200$+ range amp and further expand my DAP price range too.
Learning for the site i also noticed people say that getting good cans will really point out the stark comparison of a good DAP and a bad DAP and will really make the bad DAP stick out more, so thats another thing im sort of worried about.
I generally listen to EDM and stuff liek Muse,Radiohead,Regina Spektor, Smashing Pumpkins,Metric
so I'm somewhat a poppy, electric listener, Deadmau5 and Chemical Brothers tend to use a deeper bass sound in thier songs that i can bring out sometimes on my old 10 year old Altec Lansing desktop speakers and i want headphones that give me that feel without muddling it out. I used to adjust the bass knob higher, but now since i got my S4is and i appreciate the "crisp"ness that Highs can provide to a songs overall sound i turn the bass up alittle and treble up quite a bit.
Only caveat is i do want a "all round" can more than a specified can because its my starter and because i do have about 50GB of movie scores and game scores and i really want to bring those out. Hans Zimmer, John Powell,john Williams, etc.
Side question; DACs and such... I am sort fo confused. if i get a Headphone amp a portable one how does the "bypassing the iPods internal DAC" work. does that mean it can output with better frequency rang, does it literally allow 24-bit files to go through? does it down sample those? do i hear anything more material wise that isnt "enhanced" but a more "true" audio?
Do DACs make the audio on a poor DAP more "true" or do they sugar coat it to make it sound better
Okee thanks sorry for the long first Post here i jsut want to get all the info out there so i don't sound like someone being like "list all good headphones under 200$ plz plz plz"
AGH i found more to say:
so far the only headphones that i felt a noticeable increased soundstage out of the few i ever tried, were the Bose Quiet Comfort...I dont really know why. other headphones ...especially the Beats just sound muddy and I don't know..i feel like nothing is there...that my s4Is for 120$ are better than every can ive tried :/ This isn't the case so just thought I'd put that out there so you can see more what it is i might be experiencing.
Thank you SOOOOO much to anyone who so much as just reads it.