Hi, I'm Austin.. My HD 700's were stolen along with my Quincy Jones Q701's last summer, and I'm looking to use my entire summer earnings with 2 jobs to make about $2,500 to spend on over-ear Headphones, Cables, and a portable amp. Something to know about me is that I am a upcoming crooner in Texas, so these headphones will also be used in recording studio settings, leakage can be a problem, but if you can prove to me an open-backed headphone is so much better than a competing (i.e. Audeze LCD XC vs LCD 3) closed-back then I will say screw it and buy the Open-Backed for casual listening, and settle for a cheaper closed back headphone for my studio recording. I thank you all for your time to even read this, and your consideration, the money made this summer will be going completely to this rig and y'all's recommendation is what I'm depending on.
Conditions and things to know:
-Headphones must be under $2,000
-Amp must be portable, no bigger than the Cypher Labs Theorem 720 DAC brick..
-Amp must be less than or equal to $800
-I have been offered XC's for $1,550, and the C.L. 720 for $650. (Both Brand new)
-Weight doesn't matter to me, I've played extensive years of baseball(helmets), and I was the wrestling captain these past four years in high school, so I've had my share of head gear.. (Wrestling in Texas funny? yes..)
Headphones That I have seriously Considered in order of seriousness(Did I say serious?):
1- Audeze LCD-XC
2- Sennheiser HD 800
3- Audeze LCD 3
Amps that I have considered so far:
1- Cypher Labs 720 Amp/DAC
Music I listen to(Not All):
-Frank Sinatra, albums include: "A Man and his music" , "Nice 'n Easy" , "Nothing but the best(Remastered)" , "Sinatra 80th:All the Best" , "Sinatra sings his greatest hits" , and "Sinatra: Best of the Best"
-Foo Fighters, albums include: "Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits" , and "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace"
-Luciano Pavarotti, albums include: "The Best" ... Namely - Nessun Dorma!
-Deftones, Various albums.. "Diamond Eyes" , "White Pony" , "Deftones"
-Stone Temple Pilots
Looking for a very Neutral Presentation
-All recommendations are great, also is that a good deal for the XC, and CL720 that I was offered?
-Also, In your honest opinion what of the 3 headphones I listed do you think is the best for listening to the rat pack(Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, etc..)
Not just looking at portable amps anymore! Please add your recommendations for any amps under $1,500!
Edited by MensWearhouse - 6/3/14 at 6:29am