Hello to everybody,
I am Italian and since 10 yrs I am quite enthusiatic about hifi. I also did some DIY (two speker pairs and a two power amps). I got a child since few months and I started thinking that in the future I would need some headphones for music listening without bothering to much him and my wife. I am new to this world and it is since few days that I started some research about headphones.
I want to use ipad or iphone as the source, and I would go for a portable amp to be used in several locations in my house (while in bed, on the sofa, outside...). I would really like something DIY, but in Europe I could only find Objective 2 kit (which I do not know if it is really supported here - do not blame me please, but I read on his blog all the story about being banned here....) in Switzerland (for about 56€). I am thinking about an amp because I do not need compromises on sound quality (of course I have budget constraints): for travelling I will rely on a pair of super portable Hf3 Etymotic connected with my iphone 4, at home I do not need low impedance gears since I can bring with me even a not really pocket size AMP (preferably battery powered to be free from power cord). An additional requirement is about the fact that I do not want to disturb my wife while in bed: for this I was thinking about full size closed headphones.
My budget is around 250€ (plus or minus 50€) for the headphones....For the AMP, if it will be a DIY product, something substantially less than 100€ would be right. If not DIY, 100€ should will be ok as well.
For the moment I found examples like the mentioned O2 AMP, but I am open to other suggestion (FIIO E12, when it will come out on the market?). For the headphones I looked at AKG 550 (I would like to know if I will really need an AMP with such low impedance)...Beyer DT990....Audio Technica ATH M50....
I like Etymotic HF3 sound, and I do not want to move far from there (ok, better basses and less in-head sound would be appreciated).
So, please help me with some suggestions, due to my low experience I am not ready for big €, I would really like to avoid buying from US (due to Italian custom which is quite expernsive), and clearly when you will have made some suggestion I will try to do some listening test.
I hope the picture is clear...I really like to get your appreciated hints.