Hi guys/gals! Long time lurker here coming out of the woodwork to get a few opinions. I have been listening to headphones for a 10+ years, but recently have gotten the upgrade bug. I had a pair of Sennheiser HD-590's for a long time and added a Firestone Fubar IV+ DAC/Amp about 3 years ago. I also have a pair of Shure SE 210's, and have been pretty happy with those as well.
I have mostly listed to FLAC rips directly off of my computer in the past but have recently been listening to the Ipod in the bedroom in the evenings.
Well, I decided that it was time for an upgrade in the bedroom and tried out several models at the local HiFi shop and walked out with a pair of HD800's and a Peachtree iDecco. This sounds phenomenal with my Ipod streaming ALAC to the digital input on the iDecco and is a nice relatively attractive setup for the bedroom.
Well, needless to say, I am now no longer happy with my Fubar IV/590 combo and would like to upgrade that and have been trying to decide how to proceed. I listened to the HD800's on the Musical Fidelity M1 HFA at the HiFi shop and thought that it sounded great, even better than the iDecco. I was planning to get this for the computer room and probably add a pair of LCD-2's as well, but now am wondering about the Burson HA-160D and Schiit Lyr/Bifrost, or even a Woo WA-2/WA-6 with WDS-1 or any combination of the above.
So, unfortunately, the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC/HFA is the only setup that I can buy locally and was wondering if anyone has compared it to any of the other combos.
Also, I cannot try the LCD-2's out but am pretty sure that I want to get these to complement the HD800's.
I have also considered moving the iDecco into the office and upgrading my speakers in there to something that will take advantage of the iDecco's amp and putting the new setup in the bedroom and using a cambridge audio or pure ipod dock and/or a logitech Touch as a source.
I have a pretty wide range of music that I like including classic rock, jazz, classical, metal, new acoustic, ambient, electronic, blue grass, and alternative/pop, etc. Not too much opera or hip hop or modern country.
Any other recommendations or thoughts would be appreciated.