This is my first post on Head-Fi although I have been reading through its reviews and forums for a while now. I thought that after all the searching, it might just be easier and nicer to actually ask the question to the community.
Need suggestions for setting up a PC/Mac based headphone hi-fi system. I own and love AKG 240 Studio and I would like to buy a worthy "upgraded" version of those. I thought about the K702.
Need also recommendation on USB DAC/Amp to go with those.
Intended use: Music and Gaming. Music: Flac (Qobuz) but mostly 320k mp3 (Spotify); gaming: Red Orchestra 2, Skyrim, The Secret World to name a few.
Please do not answer if you don't own (or have owned) both headphones.
When suggesting amps please consider that I live in EU (some US models are not distributed here)
Total budget: Euro 500/USD 700
Nicely detailed version
As the title says, I have been having the AKG 240 studio for many years (I remember when I bought them the Euro had just been introduced) and I have been using them plugged directly to my PC for listening to music (mp3 and Flac), movies and games.
I turned 30 last week and I though I might gift myself with a "sound upgrade", starting with the headphones and adding a decent (yet portable) DAC/Amp to drive them appropriately.
Since I already own an AKG and I have been enjoying it a lot, staying with the brand looked like the obvious choice. Reading in this forums that all 70x models sound the same, I thought K702 might be the optimal pick.
I would like to stress the fact that I really like how the 240 sound, I like the sound signature, the soundstage, the bass quality and quantity. What I want is a headphone that does everything the 240 do, but with increased quality.
My intended use consists in music (some Flac from Qobuz but mostly Spotify 320k mp3) and A LOT of gaming (FPS, RPGs, MMORPGs).
In games immersion is key to me: I want the headphones to render the "atmosphere" of the game being able to capture every detail and giving the sense of space (much like a movie).
Leaving aside the Amp/DAC matter, my main question is: are the K702 the headphones what I am looking for? (If not, can you suggest other brands?)
If you could also recommend a USB amp/DAC to go with the headphones it would be much appreciated!
As I wrote above, my total budget (headphones + amp) is about 700 Dollars.
Edited by Hyrim - 2/14/14 at 1:04am