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Hi! I am just starting my journey into high fidelity. :)

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have been reading alot of posts in head-fi for weeks now for the sole purpose of selecting my first headphones & audio gear.

After such research, I finally purchased the following:

1. Grado SR225i
2. Sansa clip+ (I rockboxed it)
3. Fiio E11 Amp.

At present, I am currently enjoying the setup and is quite satisfied. However, I have the following questions:

1. Does my headphones needs breaking in? How to do it? How long?

2. Do I need a DAC for this setup?

3. Can you recommend quality albums for me to play to really test my gears?

Thanks & I plan to actively participate & help in the forum.

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post #2 of 6

Hi,

 

1. Just use and enjoy them!
In my opinion, perception of sound before and after having listened to music with a new headphone* for at least 10 or 20 hours change a lot more than the headphone itself (burn in)

 

*I mean new for your ears (not neccesarily brand new headphones)

 

2. I guess no. I don't have much knowledge about the DAC in your Clip + but I think it will do the job just fine. You can build a desktop setup with a separate DAC in the future if you want to improve your setup a little bit, but this is by no means needed.

 

3. Many come to mind.

 

.Marantz Hi End Audiophile Test Demo 13th
.Diana Krall -- Live in Paris
.Nils Lofgren -- Live Acoustic
.Hugh Masekela -- Hope **
.Sophie Zelmani -- The Ocean and Me ***
.Arne Domnerus -- Jazz at the Pawnshop [XRCD]
.Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man -- Out Of Season
.Anna Netrebko -- Souvenirs
.Anything from Chesky Records


**In particular the song Stimela (The Coal Train). Just Amazing!

***This is an amazing album, really intimate sounding, but it can sound a little bit sibilant if paired with bright setups.

 

Best Luck!

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks Me X3

 

I really appreciate the help especially with the albums. I will get them. 

 

On that note, I will continue using my gear and I will post for updates. :)

 

Thanks again!

post #4 of 6

Hey Bodhimock I agree what Me X3 said, I don't think you need a DAC but you could get one if you want to upgrade a bit and build a desktop setup. I used to have a pair of Grado SR225 and also used them with a rockboxed Sansa Clip. I think these two components are a very good mach. It's got the synergy which makes the music enjoyable. If you like metal, I always enjoyed Lamb of God's album Ashes of the Wake on it. The Grodo's can sound real aggressive - very fast - which is something this album benefits form :-D.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thinking deeply from the advice you both gave me. I am inclined to just enjoy my present gear & save for an upgrade in player, amp & dac.

I won't do a incremental upgrade. Am I correct?

Thanks.


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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Sophie Zelmani is too cool not to listen again & again. Loving it. smily_headphones1.gif


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