I listen to all kinds of pop music from Evanescence to Robbie Williams. Lana del Rey (yes i agree she can't actually sing but technology made her sound perfect) to Breaking Benjamin.
Format FLAC on Ultrabook (Laptop)
Might use USB DAC if needed to but prefer portability
Lots of bass - must have quality and quantity right to the lowest sub bass notes
Good soundstage imperative
Cannot tolerate sibilance
Like to have decent midrange and treble but MUST have oodles impactful bass
Of course if I can get away with the LCD 2 it's cheaper but if i can get better I will invest.
Also are there any other options apart from the LCDs
(my nearest audition shop is 600 miles by flight or 1600 miles to the nearest country - could be going to the next country in the next 24 months)
PS current cans
- HD600 via Dell Haswell XPS 15 (Dell MaxAudio MaxBass at 100%) - love the soundstage and clarity and detail but not enough treble and too much midrange without EQ and definitely not enough bass for me although it extends to the lowest sub bass notes you can find hence I am always listening to them with EQ'd bass to the max.
- Westone W3 - sibilance hurts me - not as detailed as HD600 clarity definitely lacking too. bass does not extend as low as I like but the quantity is beginning to be adequate, i still EQ up the bass a tinge
- used to plug the Fiio E17 to my laptops (got 5) but it is not able to drive the EQ'd bass to the HD600 and it clips, moreover the midrange is way too piercing if there's a word. some people say all DACs are the same i'm not so sure! how can a crappy Dell MaxAudio hardware+software processing delivery superior quantity of bass and quality of midrange!
Edited by joker97 - 1/31/14 at 2:54pm