TL;DR. Lurked for a few weeks and bought momentums and k712, wondering if I need a dac and amp and if I do which would work well with both. Budget around $500. No specific music or purpose, but do listen to EDM but am exploring other genres.
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I've been lurking around here and a few other places google has led me to and I figure it's about time I finally joined. So my story is a bit long winded and random but it all started off with me browsing through askmen one night when I saw a deal for Monster DNA in ears on clearance sale at target for $50 down from $100; white only if you fancy this set for that price. I didn't like them much and returned them. My friend bought some beats and it sounded a bit better, but then I remembered the beats I had before and said enough of the monsters and beats, let's go see what proper IEMs are recommended and I started looking for recommendations and reviews.
2 weeks later and a lot of things read and absorbing, I find myself in a dilemma. I started off wanting IEMs but now I've decided to just stick to my altec lansing IEMs for the gym and I picked up a set of Momentum over-ears for now. I haven't really made a choice what music I primarily listen to or if music is the only thing I will use them for. I've always been more of an EDM person but I've been branching out into other genres. Now I wonder, does EDM music really need audiophile level headphones? Are Momentums even considered audiophile level? Any who, reading has me wondering if I need DACs and Amps and all that or would the Momentums suffice? I hope they will tell me that over the next few days of listening.
Also, it took a long time to settle on that pair because the M4U1, B&W P5 and P7, AKG 550, HD598, and one other I forget all sounded great. Now I wasn't sure what was driving them and if it was appropriate given that they all ran off some headphone amp splitter thing at best buy so I really don't know if they all sounded great or they all sounded the same because of the source and amp. But price was a big deciding factor.
I ordered a AKG K712 and am waiting for their arrival to compare to the Momentums and see if I really need a set of open and a set of closed headphones. Research has me processing a lot of information and I think I need both, but I'll see if I actually do.
What I do know is that I've already paid for both and for the most part plan on keeping both, so the biggest question I have right now is what DAC and AMP to get to use with both. Would an O2/ODAC pair well with both the Momentum and K712? Or should I look at something cheaper like the FiiO line of amps and dacs? Should I look the other way at Magni & Modi? Should I look up at tube amps? I was eyeing the LD MKivSE but it dawned on me that it's just an amp and I would need a dac. I don't even know what tube sound is and if I would like it. Have around $500 to spend on the DAC and Amp. Future proof and longevity would be nice but I'm guessing that's not happening.
If you've read this far what do you think? Any and all opinions welcomed. Thank you :)