I have a problem. My system includes a McIntosh C2300 PreAmp, 2x McIntosh MC352, MartinLogan Prodigy and other “stuff”. All this stuff has followed me around the world to various locations. Wife of course has always hated the look of the 5.5 foot MLs. Next assignment – London. Hmmmm no matter who’s paying (employer) London Apartment life probably will not fit the MLs very well. I now enter the world of headphones and have never been there before.
Music types – classical – full symphonic, instrumental, vocal, solo instrument, chamber, piano - Classical era, heavy on romantic through 20th century – jazz vocal/instrumental. I listen at “full” sound levels but not “damaging”, never "soft". I listen as if they were in my room and/or I was there. Natural reproduction across the sound spectrum is more important than some over emphasized part of the sound spectrum. A kettle drum needs to sound like a tuned kettle drum not an unnatural thump. Ella needs to sound like she is standing in front of me and I can hear the sound coming from deep in her throat (that’s what the ML Prodigies do)
From what I have read the McIntosh C2300 has an excellent headphone amp and has a load of 16-250 ohms. I plan to take my source player and my C2300, 2000 cds and that’s it. I want to optimize usage of the McIntosh C2300’s output. I do not want to purchase another piece of equipment (besides the headphones). So even at the upper end (not the top end) I am baffled by type and of course the Ohm Load thing (if it even matters much with the C2300). Open/closed doesn’t matter since I will be listen in my mini London man cave.
Without even knowing compatibility, sound characteristics etc., these are some of the ones I have been looking at (online) before I begin to track down even an audition. Beyerdynamic T-1, T5p, Sennheiser HD800 Ultrasone Edition8, Denon D7000, Audio Technica W-5000, Am I overshooting without adding more electronics? Is AKG K-702, Sennheiser HD600/650 etc. a better match? Where do I begin? Can’t audition if I can’t narrow down. Know nothing about “cans”. Suggestions? ($1600ish is the limit but doesn’t mean I have to spend it).