After a smaller eternity lurking around here I finally took the step and created an account and now, my first post.
I’ve been looking to upgrade my sound system, and I’m having some issues deciding which products to go for. What I need is a Dac/Amp and a pair of headphones.
But first I should probably explain the current situation, at the moment I have a pair of HD25’s and the AKG K551, as well as the AKG K518 in the headphone department of which I all plan to sell. I run the M-Audio BX5-D2 speakers and everything’s connected through my FiiO e10. (Well, I have a RIAA and a mixer to plug in my turntable to the setup, but I will sell that of as I head for college next year).
If we start with the headphones, I have been looking into Grados product line , especially the RS2i and the Alessandro headphones. The problem with the Grados headphones is that I’m Swedish and the RS2i is effectively twice as expensive in Sweden as they are in the US. (A combination of a smaller market and a strong Swedish currency). The Issue, I have yet to find a reliable retailer who ships to Sweden.
Which made me turn to the Alessandro Music Series Pro, the question is, are they worth it? Any better headphones you would recommend?
A part from the Grados I’ve been looking at the classic HD 600.
Oh, and I listen to almost everything except bass heavy electronic pop music. So everything from Elton John to Punk and Metal, as well as a lot of progressive rock (the latter genre probably being the one I’ve listened to the most the last couple of months).
To the Dac/Amp section
What I need: 3,5mm/6,3mm headphone out (amplified), RCA/XLR out (non-amplified) and a volume knob to control both outputs (not at the same time, obviously).
What I want: A good looking, single unit, Vacuum tubes. (Not a requirement)
What I’ve found so far is the Audioengine D1 and the Cambridge Audio Dacmagic Plus. Since I can get the D1 for about a third of the price of the Dacmagic, I have not seen any particularly good reason to go for the Dacmagic, especially since going to D1 route would allow my wallet to buy the Alessandro MS Pro.
Are there any other good solutions that I’ve missed? I’ve spent a lot of time going through the Head Gear pages and innerfidelity.com, but I very well may have missed something.
I’m looking for a good pair of open headphones and a Dac/Amp with a non-amplified, volume controlled RCA/XLR out for active speakers and amplified headphone out, also volume controlled. Absolut max price 1000 $, preferably around 800-900, but I have nothing against going a cheaper route if it's better value.(I'm swedish, so prices may differ)
Edited by Johan R - 5/12/14 at 11:09pm