Hi, a total newbie here. Just discovered head-fi a few days ago. I was a long time augiogon user and an audio hobbyist, but was never into headphones. Now that I have a new baby, I am getting into headphone arena, and it looks like it'll be just as fun as the speaker-based audiophile hobby.
As a starter, I'd like to get a nice set of cans and a decent amp. The amp selection will have to depend on what cans I get, so I'd like to ask if you can help select the phones first.
I spend most time listening to classical, jazz and classic rock. Of the three, I listen for the sound the most with sound for jazz, particularly female vocal (Fitzgerald, Holiday, Krall, Peggy Lee, Cole, Nora Jones, etc.). Sooo, what do you think are the best headphones for female vocal? I look for transparency, "there in the front row" realism, soundstage (although, it'll be a compromise compared to speakers, I understand), PRAT, and overall musicality.
My budget is < $700 new or used. So far, I find myself interested in
- Sennheiser HD600 (more so than 650)
- HifiMan HE500
- Koss ESP 950
- Audeze LCD 2
What would you recommend among the list above? Any other cans I should consider?