I just spent the weekend auditioning a pair of Grado RS1i's in my home. (My local dealer is awesome that way.) I liked them enough that I am planning to buy them without bothering, at this point in time, to audition my other possible choice (Senn HD650). The dealer is not sure when he will get the Senns in stock again so that I can try them. I live in an apartment, and the headphone purchase will enable me to enjoy late-night music once again.
I currently have the Pioneer SC-67 AVR. I was under the impression that the headphone amps in many AVR's are often little more than an afterthought, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the experience the Pioneer produced with the Grados.
I won't have a huge budget after the Grado purchase, but am wondering if something simple like the Schiit stack (Magni + Modi) could actually be an improvement upon what the Pioneer offers. Is it possible? The Pioneer certainly wasn't inexpensive, so can this $200 little combo (or something like it) surpass the Pioneer in this area?
Thanks for any feedback.
(By the way, I am using JRiver MC to stream my lossless collection from my Mac Pro to the Pioneer as my primary source.)