I recently went ahead after some research and bought an e17DAC/amp Fiio, and sennheisers 598 cans to accompany them. Now I've never had any other decent headphones to compare or a DAC in my life so I really need some clarification in the next shortwhile for comparison.
I'm really enjoying the improvement, and my sensitive ears notice a mountain of difference, that being said I'm curious if my issues are hardware, common or psychological.
#1 either my DAC or headphones at certain frequencies input little crackles and pops in nooks and cranies of vidoes and music or they are also improving the "flaws" of the recordings themselves along with the good bits. Like I said I have sensitive ears so it stands out to me.
#2 The current setup feels extremely smooth and natural(bass is perfect not overdone but realistic my preference) but that's just it, it's not all that aggressive or open. But from my research there seems to me no such thing as really a better option headset wise(meaning improved soundstage, crispness and translucent sound).
should be noted I've only had them for 1 day, and they may need to be worked in like my speakers. Could it be that I should also have a more powerful headphone amp?(only 30ohms for these cans thought an e17 could easily drive that).
It's alot but if anyone knows it will be you guys. Peace, one love.