Hi guys, first time poster, long-time lurker here.
I'm basically after some advice from the experts of Head-Fi on what to do next really, my 21st is coming up and I'm looking for some audio gear!
I'll admit I'm a bit of a noob in terms of audiophilia and hi-fi, but I'm an undergrad studying Electronic Engineering with Music Tech so I'd like to think I have some idea!
I'm currently running a Sansa Clip+ driving Klipsch ProMedia S4's, which I'm sort of enjoying but want better. Also, occasionally AKG K240s, but they tend to be my studio phones and are hard to drive from the clip.
I move about a lot and when I'm not I enjoy falling asleep listening to music, so a low profile and portability is key.
I listen to a pretty wide selection of music, including Indie/Alt/Rock (Radiohead, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Antlers, Foo Fighters), Acoustic (Andy McKee, John Butler), EDM (Daft Punk, M83, Burial), Punk( The Clash, Buzzcocks, Frank Turner)...
I'd carry on, but I'd only end up listing my entire library Basically I'll listen to anything if I enjoy it enough and I can connect, but those are a selection of recent plays and all time favourites.
Ideally I'm looking for a balanced response, with lots of detail, and a wide sound stage.
I enjoy hearing things I haven't heard before in my music and also analysing mixes,
Some of the phones I've been considering based on impressions are the re0's, HF5's, and the UE700s.
But that's preliminary research, hence why I'm after advice!
It's worth adding I hate microphonics. So any IEMs which are notorious for reduced microphonics are welcome.
However, I'm not keen on behind the ear IEMs (bit of a contradiction, I know)
Also, while I've read that the Clip+ doesn't really need an amp, my laptops output is pretty horrible, so whilst technically the wrong thread, I'm open to suggestions for a portable amp/DAC which could compliment both my Clip and my laptop :)
My budget is around £200 for both phones and an Amp/DAC (if you guys think I need one!)
(And sorry for the long post!)
Edited by NiRo - 9/11/12 at 4:42am