Thank you for reading my post. I am an audiophile but only recently with headphones. I have a very solid HiFi setup at my house with turntable, speakers, DAC, amps and cables but I find myself listening to computer audio more often than my records (sad, I know) and would like to upgrade my system, maybe! I have a pair of late model Sennheiser HD650's with Moon Audio Black Dragon cable and a Nuforce Icon HDP DAC/Amp. I am torn between buying a new pair of cans and keeping the DAC or selling the DAC and upgrading while keeping my cans. I was thinking of ordering the HiFi Man HE-400's that Moon Audio has on-sale currently for $299 and possibly upgrading the cable or picking up a pair of King Sound electrostatic cans with the solid state amplifier. I am torn because I enjoy the combination I currently use but I feel drawn to upgrade to orthos, stats or a more high-level pair of Sennheisers but maybe I would net better results by upgrading my DAC/amp combo? I like the response and speed of orthos and stats as I own Apogee Duetta Signature II loudspeakers and had Maggies and Martin Logan gear. It would be difficult to explain what I like related to sound but I like accurate, maybe analytical sound with a large sound stage and strong imaging. I am a bit overwhelmed reading the reviews, researching cans and amplifiers, figuring my budget and ultimately pulling the string and buying new. Now for the difficult part, budget! I have about $500 to spend and maybe a bit more if I sell the equipment I decide to upgrade. I am not sure of the value on my Nuforce Icon HDP or Sennheiser HD650's but I would imagine they would net me a couple of hundred additional dollars if I sold them as a pair or possibly more. Any suggestions? I know this is a difficult request and is dependent on taste and other factors but I would like an upgrade to the sound and do not know if the headphones are the weakest area or the Nuforce and which area would ultimately deliver a solid performance increase.
Thank you in advance,