I just joined this forum and hope to learn and contribute as much as possible.
I have decided to take the plunge and get some 'audiophile' level equipment for my headphone "system". I am running B&W speakers and an SVS sub through a Denon A/V receiver via TOS Link from my custom PC.
I want to get a great set of headphones, an amp, a DAC, and some really good cables.
So, I have narrowed them down to the following and would appreciate any good advice on this.
Headphones (in order of priority):
- Sennheiser HD800 (from Colorware with custom colors) - $1,499
- Audeze LCD-3 - $1,945
- Beyerdynamic T1 - $1,099
Amps (in order of priority):
- Woo Audio WA22 - $1,900
- Woo Audio WA2 - $1,090
- Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear - $1,149
- Woo Audio WA6 - $620
- Schiit Bifrost - $349
- HeadRoom UDAC - $1,199
I have no idea about cables so would really like some suggestions. I think I want the "balanced XLR" cables but want awesome quality.
Price is not that big of an issue but I do not want stuff that is much more than the price range listed above (so no $10k etc.). I am willing to spend a few hundred on the perfect cable(s) as well. Perhaps I should get a "balanced XLR" cable and a 'regular' one as well(?).
I am somewhat particular about getting the HD800 first (will get all three as I want to start my headphone "collection" but not at the same time!). So if I do get the HD800, which amp would you guys suggest? Someone I talked to recently raved about the Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear amp but it looks very ordinary; of course, performance takes precedence over looks but I really dig the way the Woo Audio amps look, especially in matte black! For the DAC, I would prefer not to have to spend $1k; will the BiFrost from Schiit suffice or is it a subpar product? As I said, I want great quality and performance followed by aesthetics but I don't want to go overboard (re the price).
Oh, and the stuff I listen to varies widely. I listen to Indian classical, western classical, Indian pop (movie songs), oldies (Sinatra, Fitzgerald), rock (Disturbed, Mudvayne, Linkin Park, ), rap (Tupac), ambient (Above & Beyond), and some other stuff. So I suppose a headphone/amp/dac/cable combination that will best suit those types of music.