Here's the nuts and bolts of it.
Headphones: Sennheiser HD650 new.
Source: Toshiba Laptop
Budget: AUD $600.00
First post to this forum. I may have gotten a little carried away and I now have a pair of Sennheiser HD650s on the way. I have made this purchase after some research here and elsewhere and these headphones seem to receive consistently favourable reviews. I owned a pair of HD201s which have left me familiar and partial towards Sennheisers so that too has effected my decision.
I have a basic Toshiba laptop that will be used as what I believe is referred to as the "source".
I listen to a very wide range of music, including technical metal with very fast bass drumming. I love to scrutinise the technical side of drumming in particular. So I think I want a set up that sounds "analytic"? Is this true?
100% for music. 0% gaming and movies.
I plan on buying gear that I will keep long term, rather than getting something for now while I save for something else.
I can spend about AUD $300.00 on my next piece of equipment. I could not justify spending more than AUD $600.00 on supporting hardware all up, unless that is an injustice to my headphones.
My setup will be stationary. I won't travel with it. It will always sit on the same desk.
From what I gather I want a DAC/AMP combo, or I want to spend $300.00 on one and continue saving for the other. Then I read about USB cables, USB1 and USB2, SPDIF converters and pretty soon I find myself deep down the rabbit hole, alone and confused! I was satisfied with my HD201s plugged into my iphone so I expect I will be impressed with almost anything and that is why I want your help! I want to get good value.
Is it okay to use itunes as my player, playing 320kb mp3s, with these headphones and this laptop?
Thanks guys. I hope you can appreciate the research I have done before posting and that the info I have provided comes across as helpful.