Hie I'm Jeff!
It has been about 15 years since I last made any great effort or expense to surround my self with quality sound reproduction equipment and the urge has returned in a very small way. Back in the day I was not a headphone listener really. I had a pair of the first gen Grado-SR60's and Sony MDR-VR-6's but I was way more focused on my preferred listening style with floorstanding speakers. At the time I had Rega Planar II turntable (with wood trim) and Sumiko Premier MMT Tonearm, Arcam Alpha 9 Cd player, DH Audio Labs PSS Model 500 Silver Passive Preamp (Made By David Hum), and a Muse Model 160 Power Amp. I have always loved electrostatic speakers so I started with the Martin Logan Aerius' but moved up quickly to SL3's. I very much enjoyed them but when I auditioned the Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Solos with their Cylindrical Diaphragm Transducer Tweeters (God, I wish I never sold them) I was in love!!! They were a pain to place in the room but when set just right they were amazingly transparent with a soundstage I had never experienced the likes of before or since. Well I moved from this location and sold everything. I never really looked back.
I have since become an avid birder and photographer. The bulk of my money goes to this ridulously expensive hobby but my wifehas also started geting into making audio recordings of birds so I needed to buy her some decent headphones for this purpose. Sound isolation was of the essence and so I decided to buy her a pair of the tried and true Audio-Technica ATH-M50's. She Loves them! And they sparked in me a desire to hear music better again. Currently when not using Spotify on my Droid or on my PC I rip cds as full wavs to my hard-drive and spdif them to an Outlaw Audio 1050 A/v receiver and play them on 4 Modified Radio Shack Pro-LX5 speakers (Linaeum Tweeters and replaced the woofers) and PSB Center channel and Athena sub. Certainly nothing to writed home about! But with the purchase of the ATH-M50's I rediscovered the 1/4" jack outlet on the front of my Outlaw amp. All this got me wondering if I may be back on the good end of the law of diminishing returns and if a small investment in some decent headphones might greatly increase my listening enjoyment. I listen to about 50% Jazz (I'm a Miles Davis Collector) and 50% Hipster Crap (as my wife calls it. Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Devandra Banhart, you know Faux Folk.) ;) My listening preferences have always leaned toward the electrostatic strong suits, transparency, accuracy, huge soundstage (ha) and the ability to make a high-hat sparkle. These are of course riduclous preferences given I would rather not spend more than $200 on a pair of headphones (used or new) right now but I thought I would throw the preferences out there anyway. Btw the way I realize the ATH-M50's are passé and I will reveal what a noephyte I am but I really liked the sound of them if that helps people may recommendations. I would prefer Closed ear isolating cans that would allow me to listen without driving the wife nuts but beggars cannot be choosers. Anyone out there selling a used $200 pair of Stax headphones, ok no?, then where should I start? ;) Thanks so much for the help and tolerating my life story. :)
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Edited by jwdjwd67 - 7/17/13 at 12:56pm