Originally Posted by meyner
well i would be interested in trying out various amps or source but its so much harder to get a good feel for what would be good to try. When i was first relatively new to headphones i had battle of flagships to give me a general idea on what to look at and expect but for amps and especially source (dacs) i feel the information is so scattered and feel i am in uncharted territory. It doesn't help that extreme end of dacs can go up to a cost of a luxury car (diamond dac if i recall).
So far i have been using Maverick D2 as my source and soloist as amp. (used the emotiva 100x when i used to own the HE-6) At this point i would be interested in the possibility of switching out my dac but would it really make a noticeable difference like switching out my amp? if so wat are good recommendations or places to start for a searching for a right dac that goes well with high end headphones? or is it another matter of synergy like amps?
It really does revolve around a budget. The happiest folks here most likely spent years getting to where they are with their rigs. I have heard super expensive set-ups at shows and there is a feeling of separation knowing that you most likely will never buy a 28k turntable with a 17k cartridge. And during the listen I'm wondering how I can get 50% close to the sound and how much it would cost? Those systems give us goals to achieve, even if we never ever get there.
That said my post just was stating that there is so much emphasis here on Head-Fi on different small aspects of flag-ships and less importance at times about equipment synergy. Everyone has a different set of ears and a different sound signature preference too.
The great part is now there is better sounding equipment for a lot less money. Still the riddle that everyone goes past is finding stuff that sounds good together [ to themselves ]
The best results I see and read about are folks that can either emulate a put together system they heard and liked. Or go to a show or stereo shop and just mix and match equipment till the cows come home.
The fact that no matter how popular headphones are this stuff is never going to become fully mainstream. But now we see DACs that were $2000 a couple of years ago being passed up by $400 DACs now.
Hopefully we will continue to see the cost of super high quality amps go down too. Excluding legendary headphones like the Sony R10, we have seen a steady improvement in flagships, unless your in the club that believes the HD 600 is better than the HD 800 headphones.
The facts are that there is no perfect set of headphones. We can greatly improve each headphones character with source and amp change outs. Everyone has their own special idea of what is great sound.
The style of what is great sound may change too from era to era. It seems in the mid 80s and 90s thin fast treble was the in thing?
Most old timers here will maybe agree with me that there were very few headphones in the era from 1996 to 2000 that even had any amount of bass to them. Now look at the choices in the bass dept?Edited by Redcarmoose - 3/22/14 at 8:18am