Don't read anything below, perhaps only the introduction if you'd want to do that.
Otherwise just see my latest post, thank you.
Thanks for the help, I'm going to a audio specialist within 1-2 weeks, so I don't need any more help for now.
I would like to hear some opinions about the D7000, since some say they're outdated.
So, I've been following these forums for a while, so I think I have some ideas.
But I'm not sure at all, and since I'm going to spend big money I would like to hear some opinions of some Head-Fi-ers.
I created a separate thread because I would like to discuss quite a lot and I guess it would be quite annoying if we keep posting back and forth in the recommendations thread.
Edit: Genuine leather does breathe, so closed headphones with leather are completely fine now.
I did a lot of research, but I really don't know what kind of headphones to buy, I want natural sounding headphones, preferably open because from what I've head that gives a wider sound stage.
I'm coming from a Logitech G35, I use it exclusively on stereo mode and I bought it because it was rated decent. I've been saving for some proper equipment and that's why I'm here now.
I will marathon with these headphones, I don't really care about weight (The G35 is around 320g), it's just something to get used to. And I really don't care about style, they'll be exclusively used indoors.
I was thinking about the HD700 or something like that, I heard they weren't worth the price compared to the HD650, so I'm really stuck. Any brand is fine, really.
My budget is ~€400, I can go far above that because I save €150 every month for PC components but since my holiday is approaching within 2 weeks I would like to have the headphones when it starts.
It is important to note that I will buy the headphones now, and the amp and sound card (if needed) will come later. I won't be expecting anything big if the source isn't proper. But if they match the level of a USB-powered G35 (which I'm sure they will) it'll be fine.
Next up is the amp, I was searching around and found the Woo Audio WA6. Which at €500 is considered cheap with its awesome price-performance ratio.
The instructions said that I should turn them off after 8 hours of use, 8 hours of constant use won't happen anyway. But could somebody tell me how long it actually takes to cool them down?
The next thing is the sound card or/and DAC.
I don't know which one is better, I will be using the headphones for everything. Music, videos, games, etc. Now I heard that there are USB DACs out there. But that sounds like either not good or very expensive.
I will probably get a sound card and plug it in the amp and will buy an external DAC if it's that important and put it between later (so I will need TOSlink or whatever is used on the sound card).
Now I did notice that the WA6's input is separate inputs for left and right, yet most sound cards have 1 stereo connector for both left and right, but I guess there are cables for that.
Note that my motherboard is the Asus Rampage IV Extreme so I have plenty of PCI-E slots and the onboard audio on this one is pretty good, as far a onboard goes, that is.
I'll also go to an audio store soon to try out some high end things first hand. I did already try headphones at another store but that were €100-€200 'regular' headphones.
Thanks for reading all of this, I'll be appreciating your help.
Edited by MelvinV - 6/25/12 at 6:28am