Tl;Dr 500$ worth of HiFi available in the EU or China.
I feel filthy just posting this off my phone, but I will try to get it good.
I’m new around here and into this hobby. I can bearly speak audiophile, but I have a basic understanding due to what I’m learning. I live in Romania, and getting HiFi gear can’t be quite expensive and very hard to find, but anything in the EU would be fine as I can get to the delivery somehow with a forwarding address or relatives.
I am now on the verge of upgrading my headphone/dac/amp setup. I own a Topping MX3, a Audiotehnica M40x /w Brainwaves Lamb Skin pads. I can personally push 400$ but with a big effort maybe get 500$. I’m looking at the Argon’s Mk3 and the Verum 1(Ukraine is on the border of Romania). Both very awkward to drive as one needs an entire block worth of power and the other needs a hamster on a bike.
I’m usually listening to old school metal, instrumentals and some patriotic folk (I swear I’m not KGB).
So what would be your advice on 500$ worth of HiFi, considering what I already own.