Hello to all.
Quick introduction: I’ve been a Zeos fan for a while, but have not been in a position to do more than just appreciate his and the varied reddit communities. However, my series of functional-at-best audio accouterment has finally died and I’m looking to build a deck long in the making with some need of inputs coming very soon.
While I could go crazy and indulge in my deep-seated audio elitism, I know that I can very well enjoy quality audio without breaking the bank. Moreso, since I’m working toward building a setup for gaming and local table-top content.
While I don’t want to concentrate too much beyond the initial Phones / DAC / AMP, I would like to build toward a quality deck without breaking the bank. This would include an XLR MIC, Audio Interface / Mixer, etc. I realize those purchases are not made in a vacuum and each step needs to be considered.
Currently, for the Phones and amp I’m looking for something in the $100-$200 range. A little flexibility on the DAC front.
For the Amp, I’ve been mainly looking at the JDS Labs Atom due to its ubiquity and widespread approval. Due to the overwhelming number and range of opinions on DACs, I’m largely undecided, but the SMSL Audio M3 seems as if it might be a good intro & transition item. For the phones themselves, I had initially wanted to play it cheaper with the Monoprice Retros and combine it with a desktop XLR MIC like an AT875R (as I have an ideal space for that type of dynamic shotgun with an interface or mixer with decent pre-amps).
Without rambling too much, I’m waffling between modding an M40x for a Boom Pro to get started, but some of the comments regarding longevity are concerning. Then again, it’s nearly disposable in price. The Audio-Technica WS1100is seems promising, but the possible brightness of the cans are the only concern as much as I do love decent low tones with more game-centric focus. I’ve watched videos and read until it feels like every device is blurring together. There are so many great buys out there.
While I’d like to build toward something along the lines of MoogleMan3’s setup here, part of that is overkill considering I’ll be shooting toward multi-channel content production without sweating standalone speakers aside from an older setup I have – the headphones will definitely be the focus.
My priority list, built piecemeal: Phones -> Dac / AMP -> Mic -> Interface / Mixer (Something likely a little nicer than the Focusrite Scarlett or Yamaha MG10XU). I’ve got an optical out to at least start the chain, and the fun rolls on from there.
I’m likely making this convoluted and I apologize for this mess being my introduction to you fine folks as it does bleed into multiple topics. I wanted to keep it as one entry instead of separate queries.
Any pointers, mockery, shaming is more than welcome as this could likely stand some better structure and approach protocol and background-wise.
Cheers, all and thanks for any consideration. Apologies for a rough first post and introduction.