I find, now that I have the buget, that it’s time to take my music experience to another level. I like to enjoy music as well as to “analyze” it. So I want a headphone that is good at both, but that is also very good with all types of music, scales well and is comfortable to wear. For this I had in mind the Beyerdynamic T1.
After some research on the internet and starting a thread about the HD800 vs T1 I learned a few important things about headphones and hi-fi in general.
Instead of going for a world-class headphone I started in mid-fi world and went with the akg k702. Although this is a more than satisfactory headphone I feel that for some music I’m missing the extra punch in the bass, and I think that there is still some detail to be found, wich could be achieved by getting a better headphone + dac/amp.
This is how I think the T1 performs
-Great bass quality and good punch but not overpowering
-Great mids and highs
-Good soundstage, about equal to the k702
But, lately my music taste “evolved” a bit. I now tend to listen more to jazz and music where vocals are very prominent, where I think the k702 really shines, but I still listen to rock, alternative, electronic, dance , trance…
I know that I will definitely see a big improvement in the latter genres, but will it best the k702 with the former genres?
So now I have two questions to ask:
I) Would the T1 with a decent setup (total of 1500€) triumph over 4 headphones who “specialize” in different categories and have different uses. This is what I had in mind:
T1 vs akg k550 : closed/on the road ; sony mdr ma 900 : light/comfortable,bass music ; sennheiser hd 600 : neutral,classical + akg k702 ( wich I already own) : jazz, vocals
So a 800€ headphone vs 3 headphones and akg k702 = 689€ (187€+249€+261€)
II) Even If the answer to question I is a no,I would still need a good dac and amp. I will mainly be using the usb autput (computer), so I would like a dac that will accept input up to at least 24 bit/96 khz. The dac and amp should be as neutral as possible. Budget range preferably below 700€ (1000$). Options above 700€ will also be considered but nothing insane please.
Preferably I want to order from amazon.fr/de/co.uk and or thomann (I’m situated in europe, Belgium)
Please let me know what you think, and make a suggestion about the dac and or amp. Any suggestions are welcome.