Originally Posted by itsmeQ
Im still weighing up which headphones to upgrade to, I thought if I went for a studio/neutral orientated dac amp it wouldn't make too much difference. My shortlist is Audio Technica ATH M50, AKG K550, Beyerdynamic DTH250 and Shure SRH840
lol... you'll be surprised. i've read about people saying that their headphones don't pair well with the odac. i wouldn't buy your amp/dac until after you bought your headphones.
also... umm... btw, none of those headphones require amping! i would highly recommend you hold off on buying $100+ to $300 piece of dac/amp equipment until after you get your headphones. honestly, the sonic changes you'll get from amp/dac isn't as large as it may sound from reading these forums. i would say less than 10% for those headphones.
so you do realize that you would be spending MORE money on your dac/amp than your headphones (looks like $100-200 range), when in actuality your headphones have more impact on your sound signature & quality than your dac/amp?
...personally, if I was you, I would skip the dac/amp completely and put that money into nicer headphones. do you have to have closed headphones?
edit: just curious... why/how did you decide that you need a desktop amp/dac??
edit2: omg... please do not buy a $300 dac/amp for your $200 headphones (unless you are planning on getting even nicer $400-$800+ headphones in the near future).
edit3: if you like a lot of bass quantity, the akg k550s are not for you. they are really neutral headphones. they are also not portable. you should go demo headphones first as your picks seem to be kind of all over the place in regards to sound signature.
Edited by money4me247 - 12/24/13 at 12:55pm