I have been reading on this site incessantly for the last few months in an effort to create an audiophile level headphone set-up to replace my speaker-based system. Due to the march of time and change in lifestyle (birth of 2 kids that are now teenagers), I no longer have the time to listen to my main system in the way I once did. I enjoy listening to music, in an immersive and relaxing way,enough not to give up completely on it. So, I am hoping to find a very musical headphone based system that will give me this pleasure. I am listening for truth of timbre, sense of presence (as though you are there with the musicians), and a smoothness to the sound without being rolled off.
I love female vocalists (early Joni Mitchel, Sarah McLaughlin, Holly Cole, Dianna Krall), but also listen to classic rock and folk, some jazz, some pop. I have a good CD collection (that is collecting dust) and am building my iTunes library through CD rips and downloads.
I am in a predicament with sources. I have a Museatex Meilor DAC that needs a bit of work (gold plated plugs for analogue and coaxial inputs need replacing). Sadly, my Arcam CD player stopped spinning CDs, so I am currently using a cheap DVD player as a source to my wonderful Duntech speakers. Still decent sound but doesn't help me moving forward with a headphone based system.
After reading all I felt I could, I picked up a new pair of Sennheiser HD 600 headphones. A great all-round headphone from what I have read, at a reasonable price.
I have been in-touch with the guys at Schiit and am considering the Valhalla and Uber Bifrost combo.
What are your thoughts on this potential system? Will it be musical and engaging to be immersed in? Am I hoping for too much from a system at this price point (money is limited)? Other suggestions for the HD 600s?
Also, I would really appreciate advice on my sources. If I get a cheap DVD or CD player with a coaxial out, as a transport, I could play CDs through the bifrost or repaired Melior. I also want to use my iPhone 5 as a source. Anyone tried the Pure i20 as a connection for the iPhone 5 and output to a DAC? Other suggestions for linking in the iPhone 5?
My budget for amp and DAC is $1000 at most.
Any and all advice would be appreciated!!!!!
Thanks and I look forward to chatting with you in the various forums (I have some experience rolling 6DJ8 tubes and look forward to contributing my thoughts to the bifrost thread).