I could use some advice on pairing good hi-fi headphones with amplifiers.
Basically, I am looking to get a new set of headphones since my old Grado SR60s are giving up the ghost. My budget is 200£ and for that, I could get a pair of AKG Q701 headphones. I have read some good things about them but one of the things brought out in every single review is that they are hard to drive.
I do not have a dedicated headphone amp nor can I afford one at this point. I am running my current setup through Marantz PM5004 amplifier. Could someone with more experience tell me whether it is enough to do AKG Q701 justice? Would the Marantz get them anywhere near their full potential? My second option are Grado SR225i phones which should be easier on the amp but I would like to broaden my horizon, so to speak, with the AKGs.
As for the music I listen to, it is contemporary jazz, classical and rock in roughly this order. I like to have detail and stoundstage and preferably a bit of fun from the phones. Been pretty happy with SR60s through the years but have not had much to compare them to.
Any help would be much appreciated!