Hello Hifi Guides,
I have been reading through this forum for some time now and I finally realized I have a problem and need your experienced input.
I purchased some headphones along the way as well as some basic DAC/AMP and now I am considering where to put my money next.
I own following
Headphones: AT M50X(dont use anymore), Sony WH-1000XM2, AKG K361, Koss KPh30i, Sennheiser HD 599, Hifiman Sundara, Beyerdynamic T5p and latest addition is Klipsh HP3
IEMs: Tin T2, Blon Bl03, GuideRay GR-i 68, Sony N3AP
AMP/DAC: my current main combo is Klipsh headphone amp(due to the looks and avaialbility but I like the sound) and my wife has Fiio K3 which was mine combo untill I got Klipsh.
I am planing few additions this year and probably couple more in following years as follows:
This year: audioquest Nighthawk and maybe Fostex T60rp-mostly due to kind of unique look and sound from what I read.
Following years considerations in priority order: ZMF Eikon, Focal Clear, Dan Clark Aeon 2 closed, Sennheiser HD 660s, probably some higher end planar like LCD-X or Arya. Would such path make any sense?
My priority now is to get some amps/dac to my main set up and also something for portable. I am currently considering following paths:
- RNHP(Amp)->SONCOZ LA-QXD1 DAC->Shiit Asgard 3 & Heresy for wife-> Denafrips Ares 2->maybe some tube amp
- RNHP(Amp)->SONCOZ LA-QXD1 DAC->TOPPING A90-> Denafrips Ares 2->maybe some tube amp
(Note: will probably move Klipsh amp to my wife :))
I am considering balanced DAC so I can plug two amps from one source. Option two is alternative as I live in Slovakia and Shiit is hard to get here and I might be ordering it from US eventualy.
For portable I consider Fiio BTR5 or Xduoo XD-05 Plus. I want something that can push also my headphones not only IEMs and I am not sure about moving to balanced cables yet.
My use of gear is 50% music 30% youtube/podcasts and 20% gaming.
For music I listen to almost everything but manly trance, deephouse, folk rock and some pop.
As for sound preferences I am still totoal noob in this and I am trying to develop any sense or taste. I obviously like bass but I also really like how Sundara sounds which is not that punchy.
As for a budget for AMP/DAC I am considering somthing around 1K euro for first three steps(Amp, dac amp). Can move a bit higher and I would like to make a bit future proof.
Sorry for a long post and big THANK YOU for any comments.