Good day to all.
First of all I'd like to thank all of you for this beautiful forum you got going on, helped me a bit.
So I am a Hi-Fi enthusiast, kinda just started. I've always loved music, even got a tattoo with it(one more to come), but sadly I've always been "satisfied" with what I had, never dreamt higher. But here I am, started reading Hi-Fi magazines, product descriptions, even thinking of taking an audio course in college to further increase my knowledge.
So here's my audio setup at the moment:
-- Harman/Kardon NC headphones (I got them at a deal from HK France, payed 180E instead of 300E).
-- Pioneer SA-940 Amplifier (my dad bought it before I was born ^^, came with 2 huge Sansui speakers, pick up, radio, cassette player; I'll try to reuse some of them, they've been dusting for years).
-- 2 Sony PCVA-SS1 computer speakers (they came with a Sony Vaio desktop system back in 2001).
-- LG Home Theater 5.1 system (it says 1000W on it, but I believe it to be peak power or smth, please correct me if I'm wrong, I couldn't find a good answer).
I use the computer/tablet as input that goes in the amplifier and from the amp into the LG. I know it's not much, but atm that's all I have. I really want to make a better system, but not just buy the most expensive stuff on the market, I want to learn how to create good acoustics and how they work to the core.
I like NC headphones, but my ears are very weird, because the NC are very comfy, but after 2 hours they start to annoy and after 3 hours my ears are bleeding(almost literally). I've never had a decent pair of over-ears that are comfy for longer periods of time. The only ones that don't hurt me are the in-ears, which I really dislike. I was looking into the LCD 3s, they are awesome looking and from what I've read, they are also very good. What I want to ask your owners or even fans of them, are they really worth 2-2.5k$? Is it really a huge difference between a 300$ headphone and a 2k$ one? My common sense says there is, but the NCs are the best headphones I've tried so far, so I wouldn't know. Also I've bought expensive headphones so I can walk around town and listening to my fav music w/o disturbance and good sound quality(I know the NCs are closed and LCDs are open, so it will affect my disturbance level). But currently I drive to work, work, come back home, turn on the audio system and watch movies with that, not the headphones. I am disappointed at myself for not using them. Is it possible to walk around town with LCDs-like? Or they are more for home use, considering their size?
Another question, when you get home and want to relax, do you turn on the system and bump the speakers, or use headphones?
A lot of questions, I know, but I'm all eyes and ears and I take criticism very very well.
Thank you for your time and help.
PS: I don't think I have a shop in my town that has high end hi-fi stuff so I can try before buy and I am not going to buy LCD-like headphones just because they look good, I want them to represent me, to delight me and to wear them with pride, saying "here man, listen to this!" and smile when the other person starts banging their head.
Later edit: I realized I started a thread in the amp/dac subforum and I all talked about are headphones, but I really want feedback on the stereo system also as they are a part of my everyday life. Thanks.
Edited by elafrican - 1/26/14 at 2:07pm