This is my first post on Head-Fi. I have been following various threads over the past 3-4 months as I submerge myself in the swirling maelstrom of headphone opinion.
I'm a recently retired music and movie lover. In my younger days I worked with a local band as a sound man and road manager. I have some experience working in recording studios, but am not technically knowledgeable. About 10 years ago I purchased a pair of HD 600 headphones (refurbished). I didn't care for them and soon they went in a closet to be forgotten. With the advent of ipods, etc., I continued to buy the occassional portable headphone, but focused on speakers and sound systems for my listening pleasure.
Well, as I get older, my 5.1 surround system does not sound as good as it used to. One day I pulled out the old HD600s and plugged them into my receiver. I loved them! Except for subwoofer bass, they sounded great compared to my speaker system (admittedly mid-fi at best). I found Head-Fi and started thinking about getting a headphone amp to try, so I bought an Objective 2 and ODAC. I was shocked to hear how much better these headphones sounded with a dedicated amp and DAC. I really only did it so I could listen through my computer, but expected sound to be degraded compared to running out of the headphone jack of my Yamaha Receiver.
For better or worse, that got me going. I bought a pair of HE-400s, and a Schiit Magni/Modi combo. I have a pair of Alpha Dogs on order, and now am thinking about trying a tube amp as well. The more I read, the more I want to spend. So, I have a couple of questions for all the experienced Head-Fiers out there.
1. Will my retirement nest-egg survive this hobby?
2. Since all of my headphones are pretty demanding of power, can anyone suggest a good tube amp that will drive these babies? I like what I've read about the Woo WA7 - but that puts we in spending class I'm not used to. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I'll post my impressions of the O2/ODAC, Magni/Modi, HD600 and HE-400 in the appropriate forums.
I have enjoyed reading so many interesting posts over the past few months, and will try to engage in a very postiive manner on the site. Hopefully, I have rambled on too much.