£2000 headphone system
I was intrigued looking back through the April 2008 Ultimate Guide to Hifi to read of the £1000 Grado GS1000s (now replaced with the i version) that "in tandem with a good source (£600+ CD player) and headphone amp, these Grados can deliver an astonishing sense of space." It does say £600+ but, even so,I was intrigued because this goes against two very generalising rules of thumb that a budget be split roughly equally between source, amp and speakers, and that headphones produce the sound quality of speakers around five times the price. In other words, something like Grado's SR325i at £300, being the equivalent at least of a £1500 pair of speakers like the Spendor A5, should be matched with the Cyrus CD8SE as minimum. I would have thought that the GS10000s would be best suited to a truly top-notch CD player and would at best not reveal everything they have to offer on the end of a decent £600 CD play like a Rega Apollo and at worst reveal the CD player's deficiencies.
So, with around £2000 to spend on a headphone sysetm, and having earmarked £400 for the headphone amp (probably the Icon HD8 valve driven amp though I will listen to Graham Slee, Lehman, etc. too), should I be looking at a Rega Apollo/Grado GS1000i combination or a Cyrus CD8SE/Grado SR325i?