As of now I am using a pair of GR07 BE paired with a X-Fi Titanium. It does sound good, although I am little disappointed with the bass quantity and the right monitor starting to give in. Felt like it was time to take a step in to the upper echelon of headphones.
So I have been playing with the thought of getting the HE-500 now that the discontinuation is closing, and the current price point is VERY interesting. I dont consider myself an audiophile by any means, but after passing by a local retailer I decided to give HD600 a try and loved the mids and highs on it, bass was there but maybe a little bit lacking for my taste. The new Hifiman looks very interesting as well, but with them not being released yet its hard to take them into full consideration, yet.
So why I didnt feel like grabbing the HD600 was mainly because of a feel that it wouldnt do justice to my personal taste in music, although sound would most likely shine with them.
I listen to Electro Swing,Trip Hop,Electronic,Rock/Jazz. To name a few bands/songs:
Dimaa - Make Me Enjoy !
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Nujabes - Aruarian Dance
Boards of Canada - Peacock Tail
Boards of Canada - Music is Math
Parov Stelar - Booty Swing
Caravan Palace - Panic
Dj Ezasscul - Birth of Summer
Headphones I have had before:
Steelseries Siberia V2 - Felt like it was good for gaming and that was the only area where they shined. as of now I dont have any dedicated hp for gaming, so will use which ever hp I end up getting.
ATH-M50 - Issues with fit and comfort.
So as I mentioned earlier I am running my IEMs through my soundcard that does the job, but I fear it would be lacking for a HE-500 or possible higher "tier". As I dont have a dedicated amp for a new hp the Schiit Lyr and JDS Objective2 was the two contenders for job as I presume they will be friendly for light upgrading/side-grading if wanted. Not too sure whether the HE-500 is suited for me or if I have been seduced by all the praise its gotten through its lifetime. So my questions are these will the X-Fi+Lyr/objective2 (or other recommendations) have any sort of synergy with HE-500. And are there any other cans that I have missed out on?
Thanks for taking time to read!