Hi, I'm looking for my first pair of full size headphones. I am considering the HE-400, the ZMF modded Fostex T50RP (with upgrades), both in the $270-300 range. If you have any other HP of comparable SQ and price please recommend them. I also need an amp for both these cans, I have a Fiio X3 which I'm not sure is adequate to power these at optimal SQ, but I can use it for a DAC, so I am looking at amp or amp+dac options. I'm considering:
Little Dot (which version pairs best?)
I'm not sure if I need to upgrade my X3 dac, but if the difference in SQ is significant I guess it's worth the money.
I'm not sure if some the listed amp are overkill or pairs poorly with the HPs, so opinions about them and other amp recommendations for the above HPs are welcome.
Music genres I mostly listen to: new wave, post-punk, alternative rock/pop, shoegaze, synth pop, chamber pop, chanson, and occasionally folk, jazz, and classical, ambient, and soul. I would prefer a decent soundstage so the open HE-400 is better than the ZMF? Though for the genres I mostly listen to I'm not sure a bigger soundstage matters.