Hello, newbie here! I know this topic has been talked about several times over the past few years. I've been on the board now for a week researching past threads but a lot of the threads are older & many new headphones & amps have come on the market since.
I need some "current day" advice on the equipment combination I should pursue. My background on music & the equipment I've had is as follows:
1. All my music is compressed wave format through iTunes.
2. I started getting into higher end headphones with a pair of Sennheisser HD570's back in 1999.
3. I've only tried one amp/DAC & that was the total bithead. But honestly it cracked & distorted a lot, IMO.
4. Recently I've purchased & returned:
Senn HD595's - disappointed with the overall sound, I purchased these to replace my sold HD570's but then again I listened to my HD570's 100% through CD's back in the late 90's.
Senn HD650 - I didn't know much about amps/DAC's back then so when I purchased these driven ONLY by the iPhone I was pretty disappointed. I ended up purchasing the total bithead & even after that I was still disappointed.
Beyerdynamic DT990 (32ohm) - once again disappointed but mainly with bass response & of course even though at 32ohms I still think I needed an amp now that I look back it at.
Ultrasone Pro 990 - didn't hear the "spacious" imaged sound that everyone kept bragging about & still not loud enough.
Sennheiser Momentums - I love these for the ease of use, the remote, the looks (black/red) but the cups are too small IMO to be considered true "over the ear". Basically they're just uncomfortable. But I still own them as my main set.
Sennheiser CX880i - I think so far sounded the best probably because they're MEANT to be driven by an iPhone or iPod but in ears tend to give me bad ear aches after a while & I've even had 1 infection that last a week. No fun!
I know a lot of you are probably saying to yourself, "Well what do you want, because you bought & sold many decent brands"?
I'm in my 40's so I'm not particular bass-centric any longer although I was when I was in my teens & 20's. A lot my music is bass heavy but then again I have a lot that is vocals & acoustic heavy as well. So I guess I"m looking for a good "all around" headphone & a nice amp/DAC combo that can bring the best out of compressed music.
I believe what I've been longing for by going through as many headphones as I have is to get the experience I had listening to all my CD's through the HD570's but I understand that may be impossible now that all the same music I had is compressed. But maybe I can get close??
I know this is a lot to chew through & I appreciate any advise or experience you guys have gone through finding your perfect setup.
Edited by oceans22 - 2/25/14 at 5:49pm