Hey guys, my name is Dario. I've been a lurker since I first bought decent headphones, but now I've decided to join in because I want to upgrade and would like some advice.
I've decided to pursue a career as a physician, so I will be seeing a lot of "desk" time. This will go on for quite a while, so I want to get myself a decent setup for last me a bit (yes, I am convincing myself that I won't buy more headphones. Yes, I know I will buy more headphones).
I'll start by what I listen to. I'm an "everything" guy, however, I focus on rock, trance, and vocal music (I am a classical singer). Throw in the occasional rap or pop song, but those are the main courses, so to speak. I want clean and slightly analytic mids and highs. I don't want the sound to be super smooth, but I don't want my ears to bleed technicalities, either. I guess I'm looking for something in middle of the road. As far as bass goes, I want a tight response, clearly audible, but NOT boomy or overbearing. Similar to the sound that my HD555's had, but better and with improved bass.
My current cans are the ATH-M50S. I've enjoyed these for what they are; a great all-around set. I've already destroyed the OEM pads and installed some SRH-840 pads (if memory serves me well), and they are decent, but fit poorly. (anyone know a good replacement pad?) I like the closed design, but I am having more and more time where the house is quiet and I want to jump back into the open crowd, albeit with a nicer set of cans.
I have been looking at the HD600/HD650 sets, as well as the K701/K702 (the threads I've read lead me to believe I'm the only person here who likes white, but I'm leaning towards the K701). Obviously, the Sennheisers are a little pricier, which matters to me as a student.
I'll also need an amp/DAC combo. Here is where I'm clueless. I've been using a FiiO E6 for light amping, but you get what you pay for, and I want something a little more serious. I've been eyeing an E09K/E17 combo. Can anyone comment on how these will play with the headphones I'm considering? Are there better all in one packages in that price range? Is FiiO the "Monster" of headphones?
Between the DAC/amp and headphones, I'm not looking to spend more than $500-$600 on a setup.
Glad to be a part of this community, and I am eager to hear your input.
BTW, you guys on Tapatalk?