Hi, I'm a new member and thought I'd introduce myself before asking any questions and seeking advice.
My name is Russell and I'm from the UK. From the mid 1080's into the 1990's I was heavily into music and playing it back at the best quality possible while being on a limited budget. I had a Quad 33/303 amplifier combination, Thorens turntable and some Mission speakers which were later replaced with Mordant Short floor standing speakers. I also made my own loudspeakers with the best ones being some transmission line floor standing speakers. More recently I have built a couple of subwoofers.
However later in the 1990's, when my children came along, I drifted away from pure music listening and more towards AV setups with multi channel AV amps and 5.1 speaker systems. This was great for movies and for having music just playing in the background but I no longer just sat down in a dark room and just listened to an album.
Now, however, I find myself wanting to actually listen to music again and so I am investigating the best way to achieve this and have decided to go the headphone route. This way we can keep the 5.1 setup for movies with my Kef KHT2005 satellite/subwoofer combination but if I want to listen to music I can without inflicting it on my wife who does not share my taste in music.
My music collection is now totally digital stored on a dedicated server with most of it ripped CD's in Flac format and some 96khz/24bit high res audio as well. I use JRiver Media Center server to manage both my video and audio media with playback through JRiver Media Center clients and also a couple of DLNA media renderers for music playback.
For my dedicated headphone playback system I am currently building a media streamer around a Raspberry Pi with a HiFiBerry i2s Wolfson DAC which then appears as a media renderer in the JRiver system and I can stream my music to it as is with no resampling etc. My headphones are AKG K550 which I absolutely love. I know there are better headphones available but in that price bracket I think they are great.
My only decision now is which headphone amplifier to get but I'm going to ask that in a seperate thread on here.
Anyway, that's me. I'm not an audiophile by any means and I have never had very high end and expensive equipment. However I do like to get the best possible quality I can at the price I can afford.
Edited by RussellS - 3/24/15 at 2:36pm