Originally Posted by myemaildw
so i really liked that sennheiser amperior sounded that they sound better than urbanite and beats solo 2, and cause i though urbanite would sound better but they don’t, they just have more bass and it’s like sennheiser beats kind of headphones. and i think they sound better than beats solo 2 headphones. and second i was glad that i got such capable headphones. the sound is just perfect with mac mini. and also i opened audio midi setup application and changed to 91000hz and 32 bit it is better sound quality than standard default wich is set to 41000hz and 16 bit.
anyway so the question is what sound card plays sound just as good or better as latest mac mini? i don’t think i want to buy a mac mini, i don’t like desktops but sound is just good.
To get better sound quality, you could improve your DAC, and amplifier, but we are talking minimal amount of improvements, especially for what you might be spending on amp/DAC.
The Amperiors are excellent headphones, enjoy their crisp highend and textured bass.
Don't bother setting your computer to 96000hz and 32 bit. That will not improve audibly improve the sound from your headphones, source files, or computers DAC. Visit Sound Science forums to learn why.
If you like what you hear from the Amperiors, and want to move up its going to really cost you. take a lowly Sennheiser HD600 or Hd650, they will be better than the Amperior in that their presentation of frequencies is much more natural. Instrument separation is really good to. Still, they won't have that high end you get from the Amperiors.
The Amperiors, aside from their boosted bass, had a near audiophile grade sound. They weren't reference in tuning like the 650s, but they are darn brilliant. I have a pair of HD25s which preceded the Ampeior by a couple decades. Many similiarities but they are completely different sounding. I actually preferred e tuning of the old HD25 but recognize the Amperior as technically superior, especially it's high end.
You'd probably love the HD800 and would get a modest DAC and amp to power them to start out. Again huge amounts of money. But still a fraction of what a good stereo setup costs. So depends how you look at it.
I'd keep the Amperiors, as they are excellent as portables and are still enjoyable even at home.
Compliment them with a second headphone. Take a look at the new Philips Fidelio X2 - by some estimations able to at least nudge the HD600 off of its throne within the price bracket, and it doesn't require a dedicated amp. So easy to drive audiophile sound. It will have better bass, soundstage than your Amperior