Hello Head-Fiers, I used to be a long time lurker in the past, and I've only just started to get into the world of Hi-Fi. Hearing the HD800's my uncle owns wet my mouth for some seriously professional and amazing sound quality that money can buy. Unfortunately all I have are a pair of m50's plugged un-amped into my Verizon wireless Galaxy Nexus 4g with power amp. I know that this isn't the most desirable hi-fi setup, as the nexus was the poor offspring not gifted with it's fellow galaxy's wolfen DAC, or supercurio support. However I also know it is not the worst either and I get pretty good sound out of it. I just feel like It's lacking a bit in the spacial and mid presentation that I long for, thus my journey began.
I started looking at peoples gorgeous portable rigs, sources such as Clip +, Rocoo P, Rocoo V, I basso d1000, Hifiman Hm 601, 701, and 801. Most amped with Fiio amps and cmoys. Basicaly, I'm hoping to build a setup like this that produces great sound quality with a purchase, hopefully, of a hd600, in the future. I'll get into my music preferences in a second, but first off let me tell you what I'm looking for.
- must be under $250, preferably less than $200
- I don't care how big it is
- I don't care about simple/basic the interface is, I already have a nice phone
- I must be able to drive an hd600 with LOUD volumes
- can be a combination of a source/amp, or just a source, but I don't want to hookup my Gnex up to an amp
- must be able to hold about 20 gigs of music
- must be expandable
I listen to mainly Alternative music like Radiohead, the spoons, best coast, all india radio, Ben folds. However I also love up and coming hip hop artists. So I think
I'd like a setup that does a good job of reproducing the mids of the music, as to highlight Thom Yorks vocals, not warm sounding. I also was some sparkly, accentuated Highs, and Low frequencies have to be punchy.
I don't have the money yet so PLEASE don't try to auction off your stuff on here, thanks :)