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Need help in selecting substantial upgrade of listening/recording gear

post #1 of 4
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Background: old mathematician, worked in IT and as a radio broadcaster. Just retired.


What I listen: classical music, classical guitar, jazz + 70s


What I would like to achieve: be able to listen to good quality music (headphones 80%, speakers 20%) mainly FLAC, Spotify, SkyFM, Internet radio (70% time), CDs (30% time), create audio books and some programs for my grandson and friends, convert my old recordings from cassettes to digital format.


My equipment: 2 desktop PCs (one with Asus Xonar Essence ST soundcard), laptop, TASCAM USB-122L USB audio/midi interface, Mann M21 professional condenser mic, Fostex PM 04 studio monitors, Senheiser PXC 350 headphones, very old Technics system (I would like hook it up to TV for my wife and only take cassette deck when needed)


Budget: < = 5,000 AUD$


Implementation (in stages):
1 Buy really good quality headphones to listen to FLACS, CDs, 320kbs streamings and a second pair of low impedance headphones to listen to Internet radio and/or music services as well as monitoring of my recordings. Should I really buy monitoring headphones for my recording projects?
2 If I cannot get satisfactory quality of music using my PC with Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card buy a good DAC with headphones amp and a CD player
3 If quality of sound from Fostex PM 04 is still below my expectations buy new, better powered speakers but I've got some restrictions. My room is only 10 square meters (volume 25 cubic meters) and it would be rather complicated to put new speakers on stands
4 I'm not sure what else I need to convert my old analogue programmes & recordings. Definitely I would like to avoid redundancy of my gear. As of a software I think about Adobe Auditions. My old version of Steinberg's Cubase seems to be too complicated.


I hope you will be able to give me some valuable recommendations to achieve all my goals.

Thank you

Lawrence

post #2 of 4

DT660 for monitoring and internet radio, etc perhaps.

 

Else, a system based on Stax sr-007, that'd be cool. But it requires an electrostat amp and you need a good DAC or cd player with it.

 

There are many options!

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
1. DT660 may be the perfect fit for Internet radio and monitoring. I'll test the headphones next week.
2. Electrostatic speakers are completely new for me. I have to learn more about this concept.
3. After preliminary seaches I found that Stax sr-007 mk II headphones + decent electrostatic amp + dac + cd player are well above my budget.
4. It also looks that to get this gear in Melbourne, Australia may not be easy.
5. I've found encouraging reviews of HD 650 working with my sound card. I'd like to take my PC to a shop and test it.
Thank you for your help davidsh.
post #4 of 4

With 5k you should be able to get a modest rig for the sr-007. But there are many, many more options out there.

 

It's just that Stax has this 'true to life' quality that you won't really get through other headphones, and as it seems you like to listen to live instruments I really recommend electrostats.


Edited by davidsh - 1/21/14 at 8:23am
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