I'm a big fan of both music itself and great headphones. I've played and recorded for many years - mostly earlier in my life. My musical tastes have evolved over the years through rock, funk, disco, classical, soul, pop, world, etc. I love many styles of music, but modern electronic is now my favorite.
Current rig is Headroom Max w/Alps into HD800. I like this specific combo so much that I own two sets of each (headphone and amp) for two different places. The power of this amp makes the HD800s work right. I've owned HD650, LCD3, and various others, but the HD800s are, to my ears, the bomb.
I've continued to expand my musical interests to the point where several years ago I started diving deeper into the directions that electronic music were evolving. It took awhile, but I was able to pick up the taste, and I'm now a serious fan of "the good stuff." As I mentioned, I'm also a musician (and a bit of a tinkerer), so I love to both listen to music as a gestalt, I also sometimes listen deep into the music and to and mentally figure out how different sounds and effects are created.
I feel like the HD800s are divine gifts, honestly. It's really engaging to track the directions and vectors of evolution of this new style of music, and it's fun for me to keep tabs on it. This rig feels like it opens up the music into the room, and brings it to life. As you can probably tell, I think that the imaging capability of this headphone "instrument" is transcendent.
Now that I've raved like a lunatic about these phones, I'd love to get some advice from the real world...
I've basically assumed that for the type of music I listen to most frequently, this HD800 rig is the pinnacle of imaging. Someone in another forum recommended that I check out the Smyth Realiser, as it promises to take the imaging experience to another level. After a little bit of research, this piece of gear sounds like a bit of a time investment - in terms of traveling to the required perfectly-tuned rooms and audio systems required to calibrate them.
But, being a self-proclaimed audio addict, I'm willing to make it happen if it gives me access to the next level! Anyone with experience that can give me some feedback on my current irrational dilemma?
Thanks, I really appreciate your time and thoughts.