New to the forum and headphone hifi. I am just getting into this hobby, from a lifelong love of good music. Last year I bought a pair of in-ear Klipsh which have been good (much better than the iphone earphones I was using), but having discovered full-size headphones recently I am very interested in learning more. For on the go, I have purchase a pair of NAD HP50, arriving today at my house. I would also like to investigate an open headphone system for my Windows 8 pc, running FLAC files. I listen to all kinds of music, but the majority of what I enjoy is Rock, Metal, Jazz, Blues and Country. I have heard Hifiman phones are good for rock/metal, and the HE400 is about right for me price wise. I have also heard the Schiit amp and dac are good with this headphone, but I would rather a solid-state amp so I don't need to learn about the tubes. My ideal price of a amp/dac combo would be $500, but I would go as high as $1000 for both if I was getting something very high SQ and future prooofing (if that is possible). I do need the dac to work with Windows 8. If anyone would be able to comment on this potential setup, suggest different phones or amp/dac combos I would sure appreciate it. I am out of my depth in this hobby and need some guidance to getting started.
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2/19/14 at 8:54am