Ive posted here and there under various threads, and I have improved my knowledge, but still unsure really. I have two opportunities coming up to demo a range of headphones and amps.
I would like some advice before I go crashing head first into salesmen who loves my wallet :)
Please note, I am in the UK - London, so tubes like Woo Audio is quite hard for me to get hold of (if anybody knew of a UK stockist, ill be there in a heartbeat).
My Budget : Ive increased this to £2000
My current headphones : Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 ohm.
My Source : Currently a PS4, however I may buy a dedicated Bluray player.
All my music is from the PC or Android phone. I have a soundcard in my PC - Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium, its like i dunno 4 years old or something around that.
Usage : Films, as high as 90% of my current headphone usage is watching Blurays. I do want to stick to this, movies is the highest priority.
I normally keep music listening to commutes, however with a high-end set-up, my music listening and habbits will change and also my genre tastes may adapt.
I am under the impression SS amps are better for films?
In terms of film genre, I watch a lot of Scifi. I love both Scifi Horror and Scifi action.
Im also into action, films like Bourne etc and I love martial arts films, ipman, ongbak, killzone etc
Im a huge fan of Scifi/cyberpunk anime, this tends to be 80s/90s anime however.
I watch more action orientated films than say comedy/thriller/horror.
Music wise, its mainly into hardcore, hardcore punk, technical punk and forms of aggressive ska/reggae. When I say hardcore punk, I wouldn't consider it as metal, although I do like Tool (I guess that's considered metal?). When it comes to music this is where I put most listening into.
Other genres I listen to, is chiptunes, oh boy I love chiptunes. Artists Like Random,
Hip-hop sort of stuff for example, Beastie boys, J5, Deltron,
Other things I like, is artists like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Simply Red :D My tastes are a bit of a mixed bag :)
I want to get into Jazz (quite a broad genre there, I need to start experimenting, I love piano and Sax)
I will link some things I listen to at the end of this post. It is youtube so quality issues, but its mainly to give better ideas on artists I listen to most. Please note, it can get heavy.
What I have picked up on from reading.
Headphones : HD800, T1,
Amps : Lehmann, Burson, Flagships own amps such as HDV600/800. Beyer A1. Headzone.
Are there any good UK tube amp specialists?
I will need a Dac.
I am hoping for 2k gbp (give or take a small margin, I could find sonic bliss).
I really hope I can get some help and advice before my visits.
Example of music that I tend to listen, this is more to show the artist, rather than specific track;
My fave artists;
Beng Beng Cocktail;
Other stuff I listen too;
H/C-Hiphop : E.Town Concrete
Techy Punk: Wilhelm scream
Heavier punk: Ghost inside
Perhaps Metal : Warning Swears included - Attila
Edited by redstar - 1/21/14 at 11:40am