Hello there Head-Fiers, I am relatively new to these forums and to proper audio-appreciation in general. Therefore, I was hoping that any kind soul out there giving this a read would be so generous as to help a newbie like me take my first steps to enjoying the most out of my music. To get right into it, I just recently made the plunge and bought a pair of Sennheiser HD 650s to replace my faltering HD 595s. I received them yesterday and have absolutely fallen in love with them; the crispness of the cymbals, impact of drums, overall warmth, and just everything about them haha. Needless to say, I'm very happy with my purchase but I can't help but think I'm not getting the most out of them and I really want to take that next step-up to enjoying my music.
So, to kick-off my plethora of questions, I've come to hear that a headphone does not begin to sound it's best or sonically peak until it's been used for a certain amount of time. If that is true, is there any method for efficiently burning-in or is there anything I should absolutely avoid doing? As these are my first pair of brand new headphones, I want to make sure I'm not starting things off in the red-zone haha.
Secondly, as of right now I have them plugged into an old STR-AV200 that my Dad handed down to me to use with my old HD 595s. As I understand it, that massive black behemoth is basically operating as both an amp and DAC. My question is, if I can detect static/low-rumblings when I listen to music with my headphones plugged into it but no static when I listen through my iPod/headphone-jack on my desktop, does that mean the stereo-receiver is giving out? Over the past year or so, it's been going through minor to annoying malfunctions and I feel as though now may be the time to go ahead and upgrade in the amp/dac department as well. That said, with a budget ideally within $300ish, what would you say is the best amp/dac I could get that would be a good match for the HD 650s? So far, I've come across Schiit and Maverick Audio and they both seem to have appealing options at comfortable pricings. Also, on a semi-related note, and please excuse my ignorance, what exactly constitutes a good match for headphones and amps/dacs? Should I place a higher priority on one over the other or are they equally important?
Finally, I am, and will be for the foreseeable future, listening to music on my desktop, specifically through iTunes. From what I've seen so far, it seems that a majority of people find iTunes to be not very desirable for listening to music. Consequently, I was wondering if there were any popular alternatives or ways to enhance my library without having to use a different service or whatnot. Basically, what's the best way to listen to music on my computer if I've been listening to it through iTunes since forever or does iTunes actually work just fine?
Well, that's pretty much all that comes to mind at the moment. If you've made it this far, I really appreciate you taking the time to read all this and would love to hear your thoughts. Cheers :)
Edited by Grazel - 1/9/13 at 9:02pm