Well my Bose QuietComfort 15's finally bit the dust. I had purchased them a couple of years back to deal with excessive background noise of the room I was to be in. Having since moved all my server equipment to a dedicated soundproofed server room, background noise is now no longer an issue so I am no longer in need of noise cancellation. One side effect of originally shopping for good noise cancelling headphones was being introduced to higher quality audio from the 50 dollar headsets I had been buying. Before my Bose headphones broke, I was planning a hifi purchase of the following.
Marantz PM 6005 Amplifier with Integrated DAC.
Monitor Audio BX-2 Speakers
What attracts me to the previous setup is the integrated dac with that amp and the fact that it can handle a digital in so I can plug my computer into it. This sound system will be used exclusively with my computer doing the following:
- Playing Music From Spotify
- Playing High Quality Music From My Media Library
- Playing Games
- Watching Movies
I should also note that I listen primarily to movie scores *Road To Perdition, Tron *. I like good quality war scores as well. Typically I listen to music without lyrics. As such my preferred music type is classical. I do listen to some current genres of music but typically look to get lyric free versions of them. To a lesser degree I listen to some music with lyrics. Eric Clapton, Billy Joel to name a few. I do not listen to much rap at all. So for a sound system I am looking for something that is very well balanced. I want it to have the power to punch the bass during war movies or games *bombs etc* but not over bass during normal listening if that makes sense. I am looking for clarity throughout the sound range which is what I would describe happened when I upgraded from the 50 dollar headphone jabbers to the Bose QuietComfort 15's. Overly bassy or muffled or tinny sounding is not what I am after.
After doing some basic research into headphones I have zeroed in on the Sennheiser HD600. Everything I read about them seems to point out that they are very well balanced and used as reference grade headphones by a lot of manufacturers. What I do not have the experience in figuring out, is if my chosen amp above will be able to run the HD600 properly? And that is what brings me here. Can the Marantz PM 6005 run the HD600's to their full potential or will I need a dedicated headphone amplifier? Additionally, is the Sennheiser HD600 a good choise of headphones for my listening preferences and desired quality?
Thanks in advance to anyone who replies. :)