I had a really nice set-up. Stax 007 Mk II, Singlepower ES-1 amp (which actually worked flawlessly, which is noteworthy given the problems the company had), Musical Fidelity DAC. It was wonderful, but I sold it all, since our then toddler wasn't sleeping all the time any longer and we could enjoy a speaker-based 2 channel system. But I miss my headphone rig, and need some advice how to get back in the saddle. Eight years gone, and so much has changed. I told my wife it would cost a small fortune to replicate what I had before, but she gave the go-ahead if that's what I wanted to do.
1. I know that many will recommend the 009, but my gut tells me that that's not the way to go. Feel free to convince me I'm wrong.
2. My inclination is to try the top of the line HiFiMan or Audeze, leaning toward the latter (LCD-3). How will it compare to the 007?
3. I want an amp that is a reasonably good value, so the Schiit Mjolnir comes to mind, based on research I've done. If I end up not loving the Audeze, I'd like an amp that would work as well with the top-of-the-line HE-6.
4. Source is my iMac. I want to be able to dabble in some hi-rez stuff, and to have a DAC that I won't feel the need to upgrade for awhile. I've looked at the Exasound DSD DACs, but would like some advice. The Exasound is $3000+, but I certainly wouldn't mind spending less.
What I love more than anything is a system's ability to deliver, in spades, "inner detail." That's what my earlier system game me, those extraordinary moments, not of bombast, but of the smallest, clearest, most shocking inner details in the music.
Please help me find what I'm looking for.