I have a problem and I'm fully prepared to acknowledge it is an addiction. I am addicted to great sound and now don't know where to go to improve it. I'm not sure if it's more a headphones, sources or format problem. I'm going to explain how and what I use. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
At home I mainly use AKG Q 701 and Beyerdynamic DT 880 premium 250 ohm. I use them with either my Schiit Modi and Magni set up with a mix of flac files I made off CD's and aac bought from iTunes or on portable I use a Fiio x3 with the same files and occasionally I use a Sony xba4.
Now here is my question, I love my AKG headphones but don't like the bass they produce, some would say lack, I love the Beyerdynamic sound but don't hear as much instrument separation and soundstage. I love my xba4s but want more depth especially to strings. So in your opinion which way should I go?
I'm looking for more of everything, more depth of music, more instrument separation, more clarity, and decent bass but nothing overloaded.
I've thought about upgrading my DAC, maybe going that route first, then an upgraded amp like the Valhalla or Lyr. Or is this completely wrong because I've got to start with much better headphones?
Can it also be that I'm not even able to hear these differences if I do go higher in quality? Basically I'm searching for a sound I've never heard. In other words, would I tell the difference between my music jumping from a Magni amp to a Valhalla?
Please any help would be great!