I’m in analysis paralysis and could use your help! I’d like to step up my setup and hate cheaping out now only to upgrade in the near-mid term (would rather buy quality and have it available when I want to get higher end cans). 1k range is comfortable
Looking to upgrade the sound for my daily driver setup (8+hrs working from home). It’s a Desktop PC used about 20% for Teams meetings (blue Yeti, USB for a mic), 10% Watching Streaming Videos (Netflix/HBOMax/Youtube), 50% of the day I’m listening to iTunes (Apple Music), and another 10% of the time my headphones are just sitting on my head, quiet for absolutely no reason at all. Only about 10% of any given workday are my ears uncovered, and very little time is spent critically listening to music (unfortunately). Really enjoy FPS gaming, don’t get the chance as often as I’d like. I have PLENTY of desk real-estate (considered tossing a HT receiver behind a monitor.)
Normally wear/listen to MassDrop AKG k7xx b/c of how comfortable they are on my head – and how good they make everyone’s voices sound in Teams. Other Cans currently laying around include A couple pairs of ATH-M50(x), Beyer DT770 Pro (80Ohms) and Sennheiser HD590 and 280’s. Beyers get a lot of work when I want to ‘feel’ more of a low end impact.
In the past I’ve used the FiiO E5/E7 stack and have always enjoyed the extra detail and fullness it’s added to music in comparison to MoBo. Recently un-mothballed that pair and they haven’t aged well. (although the E7’s currently sound better than the on-board hp amp)
My Musical Tastes vary widely; but, I’d consider myself a borderline Bass-Head with Audiophile tendencies (or the other way around). Lots of EDM, Low-Fi, Metal (all genres), Acoustic singer/songwriter etc. Home/Car Audio is where I fell in Love with Music (Car Setup has Focal Utopia’s w/ JL W6 lower end; plenty of amplification – Home Theater is anchored by a pair of SVS Ultra Subs) – and I’m MUCH more concerned with the overall experience than I am measurements or empirical arguments.
Today, and the near future all of my Can’s are single ended – I do have aspirations for Fostex TH900’s for the legendary low end, a pair of Focal’s (all over the place on model), and at least 1 pair of Planar’s (sundara maybe?).
Enough about me – I’m really struggling with some choices.
Asgard 3 / Bifrost 2 (their current lead time is killing me) - warm, full, powerful sound, lots of “headroom” from the B2 for the future, and why not (modius looks good for $, the B2 can always move to a 2ch system later on)
Topping 70/90 components,
rebel amp with ?? DAC,
RME (little over budget),
save money and get something from ADS?
I’ve searched several forums and watched tons of reviews - but folks are either looking at a much lower budget or the headphones used already demand higher end gear or reviewers get really excited about just about everything (Love Zoes, but I kinda get lost trying to sort recommendations, Currawong gushes over the BF2 like most everyone else, and audio science cannot stand schiit)