Originally Posted by rsharmen
Genres, this is something that I find hard to explain to most people as I listen to mostly Bollywood songs and I can't think of any similar mainstream genres to fit this. The closest that I can think of might be classical? A representative sample would be something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTlt8PWh2EA
Price range I reckon about $300-400 ( Is this a fair range? If not I could up it a bit) Reason for this range is that my IEMs cost $120 so I don't think an expensive amp would be able to 'help' it much.
Portable or not is not really an issue as I mostly use it at home or in the office. I have read up a bit but if you might just clarify, does a DAC improve the quality of Youtube songs?
No particular features as you have mentioned, just good soundstage :)
I have no ipod, just plain old PCs and Handphone.
That's a dillema, Bollywood youtube songs are generally VERY poor in recording. You at this range should not be spending 3X more on an DAC and amp than your headphones. Getting a better pair of headphones would be best. Make sure they are not analytical.
If it doesn't have to be portable than your options are huge, but again, I would recommend getting better headphones.
Open headphones would be best, as they generally have good soundstage.
Only problem is your ... recordings now, teh one you showed me wasn't that bad but I have seen many and most being very poor.
I would do this:
$250 open headphones with an $150 DAC and amp to drive them or $300 headphones and $100 amp.
Headphones that are open at that range(for good soundstage) generally need an amp to be able to get loud enough.
Quite a dillema