I discovered the 1840s today accidentally as I went into B&H in Manhattan hoping to try the 940s, but they only had the 1840s on display. I was blown away by the sound, and it is making me seriously reconsider my desire to buy closed cans. Even in a noisy store, directly from my iPhone, the sound was really attractive to me - it just made me want to keep listening!. I'm a classical musician, and listen mostly to opera and classical, and these just sounded "right" to my ears. So here are my questions:
1. Many of the recordings I love are historical recordings, not always recorded so well. Am I correct in assuming the 1840s will be more forgiving of less than perfect recordings than the 1440s or 940s?
2. Even from my iPhone, the 1840s sounded really musical to my ears, and most often I will use them with my iMac, iPad or IPhone, so I'm wondering what modestly priced portable amp might be suggested to bring out the real potential in the 1840s using these sources. Am I crazy to spend almost $700 on the 1840s if I'm using them this way?