Originally Posted by PaulWog
I'm really an all-around listener. I've gotten back into piano (playing it), and I'll be using the piano as a synthesizer as well as just a MIDI source to record piano in the future... so that will be one use of the headphones. As far as music goes... I just enjoy a well-rounded sound source. I listen to a lot of things. I guess I don't listen to country music very often? But that doesn't say a lot.
As far as sound signatures go, I tend to like bass that is clean but capable of being as powerful as needed (often times when I hear "the bass has pop and is clean but not overpowering" that often translates to the bass being accurate in all regards, save for being too weak and thus still inaccurate). I like a nice wide soundstage, and I enjoy sound to be as detailed as possible... but again, that's pretty much just saying "I like expensive things".
Your taste screams AKG Q701. This is what they are all about: "bass that is clean but capable of being as powerful as needed (often times when I hear "the bass has pop and is clean but not overpowering" that often translates to the bass being accurate in all regards, save for being too weak and thus still inaccurate). I like a nice wide soundstage, and I enjoy sound to be as detailed as possible..."
They are great stock, but if you can get ones that are re cabled for dual entry and a good amp you will have to pay a LOT more for anything better.
Another thing to bear in mind, your amp has speakers A and speakers B. You can connect your speakers to speakers A and your headphones to speakers B if you are VERY careful with the volume, you don't want to overdrive the headphones, and use something like this rig:
"On a lark, I decided to make up a 1/4″ stereo jack to banana plug adapter and drove my Etymonic ER-4S in-ear headphones from the speaker terminals. The Etymonic ER-4S are a high impedance design requiring watts rather than milliwatts to drive properly. The Black Magic 20 did a remarkable job as a headphone amplifier. The noise floor was very low and the dynamics outstanding. Bob Carver could add icing to the cake by providing a headphone jack on the front panel. There’s an empty spot calling out for one on the right. And lest you think I’m crazy, my mastering instructor uses a Bryston power amp for his headphones, and he has over 200 gold and platinum records and 10 Grammys to his credit."
I suspect that would blow your mind, especially with re cabled Q701 cans (+ and - for each channel = 4 wires that can be connected directly to the speaker binding posts and no adapter needed) and should comfortably sound better than the headphone output.
Edited by Hooster - 12/9/12 at 10:24pm