I'm writing here to get some suggestions and advices for the headphone and source upgrade I'm looking for at the moment; I'd like to read your thoughts and receive a 2-3 headphones recommendations (over ear, open, don't mind) in order to audition them in a hifi shop before buying; there are hundreds differents cans in the market (some well reviewed, others over-hyped) and to be honest I'm a bit lost!
So, the actual setup is composed by a Sansa ClipZip with Rockbox and a pair of Ultrasone HFI780 cans; I also use an Asus Essence STX as source, a 2.1 pro active system (m-audio bx8 + sbx10), a pair of Sony MH1-C in-ear and a pair of Blox Anv3se earphone to listen to music :)
I'm planning to upgrade my portable source (ClipZip) and also my headphones.
After reading a lot here I'm between Fiio X5 and iBasso DX90 as for the source choice, but still I can change my mind.
Both DAPs will play as usb DACs, so the thing gets interesting to me: will those portable players be on par with my essence stx soundcard or It's an absolute "NO!" ? Have I to forget this idea or it could be a nice catch?
Speaking about the sound I'm looking for, here my personal taste preferences:
-Bass: I like an articulated and detailed bass with good impact on let's say guitar attacks and drums. DON'T like bloating bass or too-relaxed hifi type of bass (relaxed but not real at all to me!)
-Medium: I like neutral to little warm sound signature; I like details. DON'T like too warm (and not natural) and neither backward presentation ; I prefer balanced to little forward one.
-Tremble: I like details and extentions to highs (~16-18k) but I don't like "extra shiny" cans. Presentation has to be neutral, or a little backward compared to medium and bass frequencies.
-Soundstage: with neither cans nor earphones used till now I could ever hear a soundstage in front of me like when using loudspeaker, but inside of my head instead! I DON'T like something like that and I'd like to know if it's possible to perceive a soundstage IN FRONT OF ME with a portable setup or if it's a no-go.
-Imaging: I like good retrieval of informations, separation between channels and layering (depth). In term of height I prefer a medium-to-high presentation. I do like focus and crisp contours, I DON'T like when voices or instruments start moving or are blurred and hard to locate
To get it easy I'd like a sound presentation which is similar to this Moller frequency response:
I've read about ATH50X. Vmoda's, Sennheiser HD600/650, Grado's, Hifiman 400 and Beyerdynamic DT770/DT880 but I'm sure I'm forgetting some other good can!
Which one of those would "fit the bill"? :D
Thank you for the help guys, I wish you a good weekend.
Edited by zeed - 1/31/15 at 4:31pm