Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you head-fiers out there. I'm suffering from an acute case of upgraditis-for a closed, semi-portable (I'll explain that later) setup. Right now my top choice is the AKG K550, as they are purported to be (pretty much) a closed, improved K702 (I loved them for classical, but sold them anyway). Right now my transportable setup consists of an ALO Audio Pan Am, Passport (Battery), iPod Classic, and Audeze LCD-2s (en route). That setup is for both home and school use (if/when I have a big chunk of free time at school).
However, the need for a better mobile setup keeps on bugging me. I was using my iPod, RE262s (stolen by gypsies), and a Fiio E11 ($old), but now am using mere GR06s through my iPod. There is no doubt that the GR06s, while great for the price, are a huge step down in every aspect (well, except for the awesome cable) from the RE262s. But until I get customs (supposedly it's not a great idea to get them while under 18), I need a better mobile setup to hold myself over. I know that IEMs would be more convenient, but I as I don't mind lugging extra gear around, I might as well get some full sized cans.
I would mainly be using this setup while on the bus or in free time during the school day, so decent isolation and minimum leakage is a must. Well, leakage is particularly important (in high school at least) due to the fact that I listen to mainly classic rock and classical, and I don't need any more "WTF are you listening to!" moments. The current front runner is a pair of K550s, as seem pretty durable, damn near neutral, and have decent isolation. I would most likely get an ALO National amp to pair with it, as I think ALO's design is top notch and the warmer, tubey sound would make the K550s a bit more fun.
Eventually I will get myself a pair of Edition 8s, but not until I'm through high school, as I don't think I could bear having a pair of those stolen. If you have any questions that you'd like to ask so as to find a better match for me, I'm all game. Cheers, and I hope to hear from you all soon.
Edit: I will use this setup for lots of classical (Romantic) and a decent amount of classic rock.
Edited by FatmanSize48 - 1/29/13 at 3:10pm