Hello HeadFi! Thank you for taking the time to possibly help me out here.
I've been in love with my 598's, but as everyone here knows you don't stop at one. Ideally I would love for this to be a desktop set up. I've been researching for about 3 months now on different headphones and DAC/AMP combinations. Needless to say I could continue to search for the next year and still wonder what is the best for me.
I'm huge into jam bands, DMB, Umphrey's, Disco Biscuits, moe., etc and that's my main listening line up. I do listen to classical and jazz at a close second. So I need something that can really represent these instruments and sound stage. I just experienced the album "Explorations in Space and Time" and holy batman was that an incredible experience. This will most likely be the first album I use to experience my new set up.
So with that:
I came very close to pulling the trigger on the HE-500 and bitfrost combo (both DAC and AMP), but then was very interested in the Crack/HD600 combo, as that was probably a more realistic upgrade from where I am now, however, I've never tackled a DIY project and am a little hesitant on building my own.
Basically I'm in that particular price range and would love any combination suggestions anyone has, and other headphones I may have missed that would benefit what I'm looking for better.
Thank you in advance everyone!