I am very new to all this high end audiophile stuff but I eagerly want to become part of the community. I have about 15% hearing loss in each ear and I know that there is a world of sound around me that everyone gets to experience but me. I spend a gross amount of time at my PC and would like to take this time to provide myself with a listening experience that I have never known. I am tired of listening to my 45.00 Game Com headset with tape on them with my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card from my pc being the sound source. It's time for me to experience sound the way it's meant to be experienced. There are 2 things holding me back.
2. Lack of esoteric knowledge in audio equipment.
I am by no means a high roller with thousands to spend on a first time set up. I would like to spend 800.00 or less and the closer to less we get the better. But at the same time I do not want to throw away good money on mediocre equipment that I will only want to replace in a year. I am looking to get a AMP, DAC and CANS. Right at this moment I am hunting for a good AMP and CANS and will save up for the DAC unless you guys can lead me to the promise land. I am willing to pay up to 300.00 per part, DAC, AMP and CANS..I know that I will have to pick my own CANS and that's fine so I will move on to the other stuff.
I am looking at 3 AMPS but open to ALLLLL suggestions..
Bellari Rolls A540 235.00 shipped
Project Sunrise II 200.00 for the DIY kit or 265.00 for the assembled piece.
Maverick Audio A1 Tube Magic 200.00 for the lower model and 285.00 for upper end model.
Maverick Audio D2 199.99 lower end model 250.00 higher end model
I have read good things about all items.. Rolls had little said about it but I like the HIGH gains and impendence and the fact it's made in the USA, so things like warranty and support I would assume would be easier and better. Maverick stuff looks great and has many options but ships from China with 1 POC. The project Sunrise has amazing quality reviews and to be honest, I don't know the specs off hand. The Project Sunrise throws me for a loop because I love doing things myself and I love learning. I love working with my hands. However, I do not have any electronics experience, so would spending 200.00 on a kit and another 100.00 on supplies to put it together be worth it in the end for me? I don't want to fook up a 300.00 investment. I just do not know what to do.. The sunrise reviews are great but I'm not sold on how it looks. The Maverick Audio stuff looks great but I'm not sold on what people think of it and the service I could potentially get if there is a problem. And the Rolls, well it just doesn't look very beefy inside and the outside has too much writing on it and is very plain. SIGH.....
Help me out guys... Please... I have honestly been sitting on this for almost a year I want to hear what everyone else hears. No hearing aid jokes please, you can bust those out on me in 35 years.