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Hi there. Long time lurker here.
After years of considering taking the plunge into higher-end headphone/audio equipment, I think I've finally made up my mind to do it.
I've spent a solid week reading these forums, and others, for hours a day trying to make up my mind what I want to get.
My current pair of headphones are the new ATH-AD900X's that I only got because I broke my AD700's. This is what my headphone repertoire consists of and only that. My experience with headphones is pretty limited. I consider the AD900X's too bright and sibilant to the point of harshness, but in all fairness I'm running them off onboard sound.
After doing tons of research it seems the headphones that would best suit me would be the LCD-3's, but after reading tons of 2 vs 3 threads/posts, it seems like the majority do not consider it worth the extra $1000.
I guess what I'm looking for is some open cans that do a really good job with bass that aren't too bright, sibilant, and/or harsh with trebles. I'm very sensitive to bright sounds and consider them extremely fatiguing. Despite being sensitive to treble, I appreciate the detail, soundstage, imaging and separation of bright headphones and do not want to sacrifice much of those traits, but I plan on using these headphones every day for hours upon hours a day, so fatigue is one of the most important factors for me when deciding what I want, and I consider bright sounds much more fatiguing than dark sounds. I also suffer from ADD, and when my ADD kicks in, and subsequently my OCD, overly bright trebles can go from just being bright to being harsh/tinny/distracting/painful, and then I can't appreciate the music because I'm only paying attention to the hi-hat and every "s" and "t" that are in the lyrics.
When it comes down to it, I think I'm looking for a somewhat warm, musically fun pair of open cans with fantastic bass that can work with a wide array of genres. What I really want to be able to do is turn on some good music and just close my eyes and leave reality. I don't want to even think about reality until I open my eyes again. I appreciate a good pair of technical/analytical headphones (especially ones that separate the instruments really well), but I'm more concerned about them just being fun/musical and transporting me to another world.
These would be used not only for music, but also TV, movies, and gaming.
As far as what type of music I listen to, I really do listen to everything. No one genre really stands out.
So if I do get a pair of LCD-2.2's, would the WA7 be a good match for it, or would I be better off getting a separate amp and DAC for a similar price instead of the all-in-one WA7 solution? I thought about the PanAm, but for best sound it seems you should get the battery version, and I just don't like the idea of using something battery powered for as much as I will be using it. And would it be worth upgrading the tubes on the WA7 to the Electro Harmonix 6C45 Gold Plated Pins?
Edited by Meremoth - 4/1/13 at 10:42pm