Originally Posted by Luczez
I mostly listen to electronic music - one of the main reasons i started looking at 2900's. I had few headphones before and I deceided to go up a class. Was using Sennheisers 598 for some time but they just weren't good enough for the type of music I'm listening to. The just weren't coping with the speed and bass. I used fiio e11 with those headphones but unfortunately both the amp and the headphones misteriously dissappeared on one of the flights I was taking. I looked up the C&C BH but unfortunately the amp isnt availible in my country (I'm from Poland). So my main concern is wether the fiio e11 will work fine with those headhones (2900's) or should I get something else. I wanted to thank for the previous comments, this forum is truely the moset helpful forum I've seen so far.
I think the E11 should be fine; iirc it can do ~100mW/side which should be no problem with the 2900.
Sorry to hear about your stuff getting knicked.
Originally Posted by MohawkUS
I didn't mean to blame the headphones for the hissing. Back when I owned them there were a few other people complaining about the Bursons, the common factor was using low ohm dynamics. I made the silly assumption that because it worked well with the LCD-2 it would work well with dynamic phones with a similar resistance. Bad move on my part.
Yeah, impedance (it's not quite resistance) isn't the only factor - sensitivity is important too in considering noise/performance/etc. The PRO2900 are fairly sensitive, the LCD-2 are less so (by planar magnetic standards they aren't bad at all, but by dynamic standards they're on the low end of the spectrum).
I still stick by my 'source first' philosophy. In order to fund various headphone purchases I spent awhile using the DAC built into my computer. And I can say for fact I preferred my first headphone rig(ASUS Essence STX > Grado SR80i) to that DAC and anything else(Senn 598, STAX SR-5s, etc.) The source creates the sound and the amp/headphone give it to you as pure as they can. When the source is putting out worse sound than the rest of the system is capable of you'll know it immediately. As for budget, you're right that money doesn't guarantee quality. I used those specific numbers because I found the Schiit Bifrost(a $400 DAC) wasn't quite up to snuff with $400 headphones(Pro 2900 and my STAX SR-5) For amplification I'm using a vintage receiver I got off of ebay for $100. It sure isn't portable and it's certainly not the most refined or accurate amp out there but it beats the Burson where it counts IMO.(Dynamics, musicality without going too warm, emotion, soundstage size, control of bass/highs)
I think I understand where we're missing each other - you're talking about "just" audio components, while I'm assuming that folks have a ritzy soundcard/computer on hand (which will generally measure/perform on par with a lot of D/A converters). JA said it really well a few years ago - digital has gotten super cheap and super good in the last few years. However there's a lot of manufacturers that are content to sell bottom-of-the-barrel for top-shelf prices, because they need the mark-up to stay afloat (I'm not saying Schiit is in this group btw; everything I've seen, they're one of the manufacturers going against that grain) - and the end result is kind of a "portion distortion" in terms of performance/$.
To an extent I'd worry about the source, especially if you're playing back analog media, but I'd spend more time worrying about the source media and headphones/speakers (and if speakers, their placement/arrangement) - IME differences between D/As are relatively minor, but there are certainly dumpy models out there that make the whole thing look suspect.
Originally Posted by Luczez
MohawkUS, I think you misunderstood me a little bit
When I got the 598's they sounded like heaven to me after moving from hd 497. But as it happens with time and I'm sure everyone on this forum will agree with me, you start striving for perfection. After my senns were stolen and I got some money back from the airline I started looking for better cans which would suit the type of music I'm listening to - the electronic music. If I won't like the 2900's I will send them back - that's not an issue. I just want to make sure that if I buy them together with a portable amp I will be able to experience at least some of their capabilities. I don't want to make a mistake of misjudging them because of a useless amp.
Yeah, I think you'll be fine with the 2900s and the Fiio. One thing to throw out there - we're really not kidding when we tell you these things are unforgiving of bad recordings or bad quality media; as I've said in the past, they will drive nails on demand. If you want a more forgiving and laid-back sound, the HFI-2400 would be a good candidate (they also cost a bit less). Both are good, and while I do think the 2900 are better, if you're listening to a lot of music with relatively low production values (and some electronica can be like this - especially if you're listening to online streams or more underground stuff), the 2400 would probably be the more enjoyable experience.