I'm taking the plunge into higher end audio gear and wanted to make my own thread for recommendations and comments to address any blaring mistakes.
After reading entirely too many reviews, I've decided on HD650's. They seem to have the best all-around comfort, sound and price point. Forums claim that the 600's are more neutral, I tend to like a wider range of sound, so the 650 appears more welcoming.
As far as an AMP/DAC goes, I've read in multiple places that the 650 is picky and needs to be paired with a particular amp/dac. I've narrowed the choices to the O2+ODAC combo and the Maverick TubeMagic D1. I've seen references to Schiit combos and Nuforce, but wasn't able to find a definitive result. The O2+ODAC seems like a safe bet.
I listen to classic rock, ambient and downtempo music. I use my laptop as a desktop.
I'm open to suggestions and comments on any other AMP/DAC combos/pairings and headphones.
P.S. If anyone could recommend a store in socal (LA) that I could test out different gear, that would be excellent.