I am brand new to this hobby and decided to jump right in and get myself the Audeze LCD-3's and a Bryston BHA-1 Amp.
I have two issues I could really use your experience on:
The first is that I use almost all cloud based music services now, like Rdio, Songza etc through my sonos in the house as the source. I don't even own a CD player anymore. I have begun purchasing songs from HDtracks but their selection is still a little smaller than I would like. I would like to improve my sources, get a CD player perhaps, to get the best out of these great headphones, but I literally do not own CD's anymore.
My second issue is my setup. I currently have all of my sources; my computer, several keyboards, guitars, sonos and a turntable all connected through a Mackie 1202 mixer. The main outs go to powered monitors and the control room 1/4" outs goto my Bryston headphone amp. I have the headphones connected with stock XLR 4 pin and also have Q audio cable.
In a space where the cables, the tubes, the amps and everything seems to warrant very large expenditure I wanted to ask the head-fi community if this kind of setup through a mixer is insane to start with and perhaps defeating the very purpose of high end headphones to begin with.
If you have any experience with either my source issues or with a setup including a mixer your feedback would be greatly appreciated.