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So I've been saving and saving for a mid/hi-fi setup for a long time, and now that I'm finally here, I don't know which direction I want to take it. Originally, I was going to get the Mad Dogs and the Aune T1, and call it a day, since that was all I thought I'd be able to practically afford. However, I was waiting for a sale on the Aune T1 (which I'm still waiting for), and have accumulated far more money than I thought I would have (Something along the lines of 1200 dollars). I now have the option to upgrade my prospective system, and running through the options has me very happy, lost, and utterly confused. Generally speaking, I have varied music tastes, from electronic to rock to jazz to classical, with even some country mixed in. I like a darker, smoother sound (the Audez'e sound sounds good to me) I currently own and enjoy V-Moda M80's and UE TF10's.

Here are my thoughts as far as setups go:

Aune T1 -> LCD 2 Rev 2 (later adding a Project Ember) my biggest worry with this would be that I wouldn't fully take advantage of the headphones

Aune T1 -> Project Ember -> MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs (I'd have to wait 6 weeks for mine to ship)

Aune T1 -> Project Ember -> Hifiman HE-500 (I've heard these won't give me the smoother sound that I want)

Aune T1 -> Project Ember -> a combination of 2 of the following (he-400, Mad Dogs, HD650, K701, and dt880)

Aune T1 -> a combination of 3 of the following (he-400, Mad Dogs, HD650, K701, and dt880)

 

Obviously I will be waiting to see if CanJam has any releases that change the game for me, or if it drives down prices on anything. However, as far as this goes, any thoughts?

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Really consider if you're planning on going higher up the chain in the future or not. If you are, that would eliminate the need to buy two mid-fi cans, and make it a better investment to spend a little bit more into source gear as opposed to the headphones themselves. 

 

That being said, the HE500, HE400, and HD650 are all in a great price to performance range, with enough demand to resell later if you want. They would also leave open some budget to buy better downstream equipment. Maybe something in the lines of the Schiit Lyr/Bifrost range.

 

I'd personally go for a more rounded rig as opposed to going all in on a set of cans and not being able to power them. It's easier to upgrade your headphones later than your source equipment.

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Really consider if you're planning on going higher up the chain in the future or not. If you are, that would eliminate the need to buy two mid-fi cans, and make it a better investment to spend a little bit more into source gear as opposed to the headphones themselves. 

 

That being said, the HE500, HE400, and HD650 are all in a great price to performance range, with enough demand to resell later if you want. They would also leave open some budget to buy better downstream equipment. Maybe something in the lines of the Schiit Lyr/Bifrost range.

 

I'd personally go for a more rounded rig as opposed to going all in on a set of cans and not being able to power them. It's easier to upgrade your headphones later than your source equipment.

 

That's another thing I forgot to mention - I can't resell my cans. 

The end result if I was to go for the LCD-2, which is the way I'm leaning, is Aune T1 -> Project Ember -> LCD 2. I've heard the Project Ember has really good price to performance, and may or may not perform better than the Lyr. I don't know if thats a good enough setup to do the LCD-2 justice though. The other highest option to me would be Alpha Dogs. 

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Ohh, you must be having a hard time. I'll make it even harder for ya :evil:

 

From my experience, HE-500 is actually smoother than the LCD2. Sure, it has more treble and isn't as dark, but actually I think it is smoother.

 

What I'd do if I were you, is to wait for a really good offer to turn up. Never know when or what, but be open to something you might not have considered in the first place. That's how I ended up with my more expensive gear... My stax setup is a pretty good example.

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Ohh, you must be having a hard time. I'll make it even harder for ya :evil:

 

From my experience, HE-500 is actually smoother than the LCD2. Sure, it has more treble and isn't as dark, but actually I think it is smoother.

 

What I'd do if I were you, is to wait for a really good offer to turn up. Never know when or what, but be open to something you might not have considered in the first place. That's how I ended up with my more expensive gear... My stax setup is a pretty good example.

 

Oh lordy, what to do :confused: Considering I can get the HE-500 for ~$580, and the LCD-2 for ~$1000, the HE-500 is starting to look mighty fine

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Oh lordy, what to do :confused: Considering I can get the HE-500 for ~$580, and the LCD-2 for ~$1000, the HE-500 is starting to look mighty fine

 

The HE-500 is probably one of the best values in high end headphones, it performs pretty close to $1000+ cans.

 

If you really can't resell any of your gear I'd consider waiting and expanding your budget to get what you really want though. There is obviously a level of diminishing returns, but you don't want to walk away with that nagging curiosity in your ear. Just keep reading, explore your options before taking a plunge.

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The HE-500 is probably one of the best values in high end headphones, it performs pretty close to $1000+ cans.

 

If you really can't resell any of your gear I'd consider waiting and expanding your budget to get what you really want though. There is obviously a level of diminishing returns, but you don't want to walk away with that nagging curiosity in your ear. Just keep reading, explore your options before taking a plunge.

 

Basically, the things I'm most seriously considering right now are the LCD 2, the Alpha Dog, and the HE-500. I *think* the Project Ember should be enough to drive whichever one of the three I end up picking. From what I can tell, LCD 2 have a darker sound, HE-500 are more treble happy, and although there are only preliminary impressions in, Alpha Dogs seem to be somewhere in the middle. As you two have suggested, I'll keep reading until a deal pops up or something. (actually probably not, I don't know how much longer I can wait. Definitely after CanJam though)

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