Recently I have a renewed interest in really upping my musical listening experience and have jumped in deep. Got my Etymotic hf3's in my ears right now following 100 hours of burn-in (33 white, 33 pink, 33 brown) and another 100 of mixed music from my library and they sound way way better then before burn-in. I know many think Ety's are bass weak but honestly they really strengthen up after the burn-in and I have no problems at all with the bass I am getting. As well I have no question in my mind that burn-in improves the sound of headphones; atleast Ety's, it is obvious it does.
The stock ear pieces are a decent fit but I figured might as well go balls out and next week I have an appointment to have my custom ear inserts molded. To improve the source I have an XM6 amp on the way, planning to velcro it to my ipod touch (mixed lossless and iMatched everything) when I am out and about or as usb DAC replacement form my laptop output when I am home. I am counting on the XM6 to give me the power and performance to match whatever I plug into it. I am hoping it is able to sidetrack my macbook analog out and use the USB DAC but it is not clear to me if this will work and is compatible with a macbook and a ipod Touch for taking advantage of the USB DAC. Anyone know for sure? What is my best configuration for hooking the XM6 to my macbook and ipod touch?
Ok so that covers the ultra-portable side of the equation. On the semi-portable side I have just ordered a pair of BeyerDynamic T5p's for also taking around when quality is paramount and for just chilling at home with a little more comfort then the Ety's can provide. I envision the T5p as my goto headphones for both in home and out. However, by coincidence of timing I also ordered a pair of Sennheiser HD-280 PRO's for when I want good comfort but don't want to risk the T5p, you know a bit more weekend warrior type use and for a difference in perspective from the T5p.
These 2 wired guys will compliment my existing wireless Nokia headset which up until now has been my goto headphones other then the pair of Apple in-ear that I stopped using after getting the Nokia. Sometimes I prefer wireless and the Nokia will remain for that purpose but I could be convinced someday to upgrade that to something better. Sennheiser I noticed makes a nice wireless headset with noise cancellation. Any thoughts on this?
Now that I got in ear and on ear covered I am also in the process of upgrading my desktop speaker system from Bose Companion 3 Series 2 that I have had for 2 years to a new Bose Companion 5 setup. That will get used when I am feeling musically lazy at home infront of the computer.
So I guess the question is what comes next for me? I am excited to be surrounding myself with awesome sound, something I never practiced an appreciation for until just recently after realizing why not. Thoughts?