I am brand new to this hobby. It is frankly a bit intimidating. I am interested in making informed decisions that will not kill my bank account entirely :) Enough disclaiming, on to my issue.
I recently purchased a pair of Audeze LCD-3 headphones and a Bryston BAH-1 amp. Most of the music I listen to is online, tons of it through streaming services now like Rdio and others. I am aware this is a poor source for music. I have started to re-squire some HDtracks files but their selection is poor and I don't love the process. I would purchase a good CD player and then go buy some CD's again if this would make a real difference in quality and I knew which one to get :)
All of my music sources, from my computer, my sonos, my turntable, even my my keyboards and guitars are routed into a Mackie mixer. The mixer connects to a pair of monitor powered speakers through the main outs. I also run the control room output into the BAH-1 headphone amp and connect my LCD-3's to this.
My question is about the mixer and if this is in fact a very poor choice for this type of listening. I use the mixer because it is a good solution for the multiple sources I have that include instruments. I fear however that this kind of thing may introduce things into the sound that will kill the best sound quality that I am looking to achieve.
Need help with the CD player, getting some help on good source setups, and thoughts on having a mixer in…the mix so to speak ;)
Your experience is greatly appreciated.
Edited by thatguychad - 3/5/14 at 8:25pm