So, I've been lurking the forums for a while and I'm just about ready to jump in. I just want to see what experienced audiophiles think about my setup. My budget for the whole is $250-$300 Dollars. I listen to mostly to classical and all types of metal and to a lesser degree EDM. I'm sourcing from a pc with a generic IDT soundcard so a DAC/AMP combo seems the most cost effective considering I will be buying budget headphones. I like the portable option but my intention is to start getting dedicated equipment once my experience/budget increase. So with that in mind here it is.
My headphones of choice are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's. This probably isn't much of a surprise, but its hard to ignore the hype. They also seem to hit all my preferences; Portable, over-ear closed, budget and quality. I couldn't really find another set that were comparable and hit all these points. I am open to alternative suggestions but it would be hard for me to justify spending more considering this is my first pair and wont be my last. For my DAC/AMP I like the iBasso D-Zero. I compared it to the Fiio E07 and the E17. It definitely looks better than the E07 and I'm not willing to drop the extra $50-$60 for the E17.
So there it is in a nutshell. I'll update the thread when I make a decision and review whatever I end up purchasing.
PS. I did read the posting guidelines, but since this my 1st post constructive criticism on posting (what to include/exclude etc.) is welcome as well.
Update #1: Just saw that the HiFiman HE-300 are going on sale. Since they're now in my price range how do the compare?
Edited by TruffleSHFFL - 11/25/13 at 1:45pm