I've been out of audio for quite a while so coming back I was amazed how many choices are out there. I've through a few sets of headphones looking for my "sound" and now have Beyerdynamic T1s/
I was looking at this all from a portable perspective as I wear these while working at home and need to get up and move around a bit... So after not liking the "in the head" sound of the LCD2s I read a bit and ended up with a set of Beyerdynamic T1 with a 4 pin balanced plug. So I have tried it with an O2 amp but I'm not that happy with the sound. Not surprisingly, I'm not getting the most out of the T1s. I bought a RSA protector thinking I would get a XLR to rsa/alo plug adapter but even that, though better, still seems not quite there.
So... I'll keep the protector for when I need to move around but I now want something for dedicated listening.
My budget is not that great, maybe $500-700'ish and I want a balanced amp with 4pin output. I can get an Audio GD Phoenix used for about $700 but I also see a Little Dot mark VI+ or VII+. (though I've been through the tube rolling game before and I'm not equipped financially to get into that again) This isn't necessarily an end point but I'm wondering if there are other good options I'm not seeing out there or is either of these likely to do well.
If I can't find something, I'll probably sell the T1's and go back to LCD2s but get try the rev2 and live with the smaller soundstage or just go back down the line and try to forget about nirvana.
PS... my source is an Ipod with lossless files and an Algorhythm Solo R.
Edited by SBranson - 11/25/12 at 2:37am