I first discovered Head-Fi a few months ago when I successively broke my Sennheiser CX-30s and lost my iPod touch. After looking through the forums for a bit, I replaced my setup with a Sansa Clip+ and Vsonic GR02s, which I have since been quite happy with, especially given the price I paid.
Now, a few weeks ago, I listened to a pair of Sony MDR-1s at IFA in Berlin (they were paired up with one of Sony's DACs, but I couldn't tell you which one). The listening experience felt much more full to me than what I could get out of my Vsonic/Clip. I've since been thinking of investing into a full sized setup. I think I'll still stick to IEMs and the Clip for on-the-go use, however. So I am looking for a recommendation for headphones and (possibly) an amp/DAC combo to use at home.
I've narrowed down important criteria to comfort (especially with glasses), soundstage and a "fun" sound signature. Primary uses would include music, movies and games. It's difficult to specify a particular music genre, as what I listen to varies a lot from month to month. Budget is up to about 300 CHF (about the same as in USD) for the headphones and another 200 or so for an amp/DAC.
Here is my current list of candidates for headphones:
-Philips Fidelio X1. Price online: CHF 299.-
-Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. Price online: CHF 184.-
-Sony MDR-MA900. Price online: CHF 255.-
-AKG Q701. Price online: CHF 369.- (possibly less if shipped from abroad)
I'm currently torn between the X1 and DT 990, so if anyone has experience with both of these, I'd be glad to hear your thoughts.
The second big question is about the amp/DAC. First of all, do I need such a combo at all with the headphones mentioned? My current laptop is a Late 2011 MacBook Pro hooked up to a Thunderbolt display. Would the laptop be sufficient, at least at first, to achieve a good listening experience?
As potential candidates for amp/DAC combos, I was looking at a Schiit Magni/Modi combo or the FiiO E17. Although this would mostly be for stationary use, I frequently go back to my parents' house on weekends, so a bit of portability wouldn't hurt. Also, the Schiit combo costs about 80 bucks more than the FiiO when I take shipping into account.
Any advice would be very appreciated.