Hello there, thanks for giving this post a read. I'm obviously new here, I came across this site due to the Geek/Light Harmonics thread. More on that later though. Currently I own a HD515 plugged straight into on-board audio of my motherboard, an ASRock 990FX Extreme4.
I'm a regular to Kickstarter, which is where Light Harmonics had their first campaign for the Geek Out. It looked rather interesting and I thought, why not, so I backed it and I'm looking forward to receiving mine early next year (if everything goes according to plan)
A few weeks later they launched another campaign, this time in Indiegogo, for the Geek Pulse. Kickstarter backers get a discount on it so it'd be $240 in total for me. That got me thinking, I'd been meaning to get some better headphones for a while and with the discount it seems like a good value deal. The only problem with getting it is that I would spend close to $400 on DAC/amps, to drive a pair of $40 headphones.
Putting aside the question of whether or not it's worth it to get a desktop and mobile DAC/amp without even knowing if it's any good, I went looking for a pair of better headphones. Budget is a bit of an issue, it's not like I don't have the money, it's more of a question whether or not the improvement warrants the cost. I'd also like it to be future proof in a way.
I'll be using them for music mostly, just about any music. A bit of gaming as well. I don't really need a headset for that since I already have a Samson C03U microphone.
Currently I'm looking to get the HD650, which I can get new for around €340. I've heard great things about it and even though they're older cans they hold up pretty well. The problem is that with delving rather deep into the headphones scene got me quite excited about getting better headphones, but I won't be getting my Geek Out until January at the soonest.
Is it worth it to get a HD650 now? Will they sound crap with on-board audio, will they even be listenable as far as volume and quality goes? If it's going to sound worse than my HD515's or close to it I might as well hold out for another few months. Also, is it worth it to get the Geek Pulse in my situation?
Thanks in advance,