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Here's $1500, steer me towards a setup!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Good morning Head-Fiers...

 

I've decided to get back in the game and I'm hoping to do it right. Using my laptop as a source, I'm hoping to build a $1500 setup for my living room. I need EVERYTHING, headphones, amp, and whatever else you think is required.

 

My most common listens:

 

- Brad Mehldau

- Steely Dan

- Wilco

- Joni Mitchell

- Phillip Glass

 

Mainly a lot of piano, prog rock, folk and alt-country.

 

Sonically, I'll just leave it as simple as saying I love warm sounds.

 

If you were like me, but far less ignorant, what would you do with the money?!

 

All help greatly appreciated and happy listening.

post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

Oh, and probably over-ear...but I'll take all comers...

post #3 of 11

CEntrance HiFi M8 ($700) with Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog ($600) with change to spare.

post #4 of 11
What about speakers? Or are you thinking headphone setup only for $1500?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

What about speakers? Or are you thinking headphone setup only for $1500?

I'm most concerned with getting the best sound for $1500.

 

I'd prefer speakers, but I'll probably delay that until I've got more to spend.

 

So yeah, let's say only headphones.

 

Thanks for reading and appreciate any input!


Edited by HIFIdmac - 10/3/13 at 9:50am
post #6 of 11
The reason I asked is that the Emotiva Airmotiv 4s are quite good for studio monitors. Wouldn't eat too much of your budget, and you would have some speakers to play when not listening to headphones.

But if you are going to eventually build a serious 2 channel audio speaker setup or HT setup, might as well wait on speakers. If you are eventually going 2 channel with an amp (or powered speakers) with your computer as the only source, be sure to look into a headphone amp that has pre-out capability for hooking up external amps and speakers. Then you can run it laptop->dac->headphone amp->speaker amp (or speakers).
post #7 of 11
Look into Audio-GD DAC/amp units. Lots a love for them on head-fi.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

First, thanks so much for steering me towards Head-Fi approved products!

 

Let's say I intend on going to a stereo speaker setup, and I definitely want it balanced because those Alpha Dogs are probably the most appealing product I've ever read about, haha.

 

Which of the Audio-GD products, in your opinion, best fit the bill for future use and quality at under $1000?

 

Thanks for holding my hand on this btw, I'm still trying to get the function of each component straight in my head.


Edited by HIFIdmac - 10/3/13 at 10:28am
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by HIFIdmac View Post

Which of the Audio-GD products, in your opinion, best fit the bill for future use and quality at under $1000?

I would look at the various ones that fit your budget range. The google the different model numbers with head-fi as a keyword, and you should probably find reviews and discussion threads for them. smily_headphones1.gif
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I'm already sold on the NFB-28!

 

I'm just going to play the waiting game on the Alpha Dog reviews, but I think I've got a much better understanding now.

 

Cheers.

post #11 of 11
If you want orthos, you might also look at the HE-400 and HE-500 since those are in the same ballpark as the price of the Alpha Dogs.
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