Been lurking for a little while, and now I am looking for some recommendations.
I started off with a JDSLabs Atom Amp/DAC stack, which worked great. I eventually gave that to a friend, and upgraded to an EL Amp II/DAC II stack, for the aesthetics, no loss in quality, but looks are 10/10. I also have an Asgard 3, paired with a Modius, which is good as well, but definitely a different overall sound.
I come from the world of hi end SQ car audio, and am used to trying out new equipment, and speakers every 6 months or so, but have moved away from that industry as I just do not spend much time in a vehicle anymore.
I have a set of B&W 607 S2 Anniversary bookshelf’s on my desk used as computer speakers for music and media. These are powered by an Cambridge Audio AXR85, and the pairing is quite complimentary. This is where I fell into the headphone game.
Amazing sound, intimate, and the ability to have different sound just by taking a set off, and throwing another on is so satisfying. If I had done this years ago, I could have saved 10’s of thousands of dollars… let’s be honest, it would have gone to HP’s and amps and DAC’s lol.
So I am looking to see where some of you would recommend to go from here in terms of new hardware to try. I should also say, MQA is out. Do not recommend anything based on MQA please. I also do not stream music, I buy every CD I can, convert to FLAC on my PC for CD longevity, I do have some Apple AAC music as well, but primarily use FLAC. I should also mention that the 4 times I tried some CH-Fi gear from Amazon, very highly regarded names, I ended up with a 100% failure rate, all within 30 days of the original purchases. I will not name the brands as I do not gas light, and it could just be bad luck, but, it sets the stage for me in a negative way.
My current, and soon to have HP’s are below:
DT770 Pro - 250ohm
Drop Mr. Speakers Ether CX Closed
So let me know what you guys enjoy for hardware, and what you think would be fun stacks to try out. I don’t need a balanced system as I have no noise issues, but, I would try it out if the stacks have the capability. As you can see, I don’t really take cost to performance in to high of consideration, I just like to try new things.