A Route Into Head-FI
Working from home, I listen mostly sitting at the computer. Im using J River Jukebox with FLAC files. I currently have a pair of Sennheiser PX-200 I've had for 4 or 5 years and like, though I've nothing to compare them to. They are connected to a Creative speaker system that came with the computer.
I'd like to upgrade the headphone set-up and thinking forward in time I'd like to have a dedicated listening area and a head phone set up would be far more easily achieved given the room I have to work with then a speaker set-up.
I've read a bit and have something of a plan and hoped for some feedback and maybe other options.
Most headphone manufacturers appear to have a 'house sound'. I like the idea of AKG's detail so thought I'd get a pair of their K44s. They're about £20 - £25 and will give me an idea of AKG's sound. If I like them I can look at upgrading or look to a different manufacturer if I don't.
The next step would be to get a headphone amp. I like the look of the Firestone Fubar 4. It has the connections I'd need plus a DAC. The main difference between the 4 and the 4plus seems to be the 4plus upsamples to 24/192, the 4 to 24/96. Any others? The Dac means I can add a pair of small actives later as well if I wanted.
After that I'd look to upgrade the headphones. If the AKG experiment works out I'd look to the K701s.
When I get a dedicated listening area, I've read good things about the Little Dot III. It's the look of the valves I like as much as anything. I couls stilll use the Fubar as a DAC for this or upgrade this to something more appropriate.
It's just a loose plan I've got but I think doing it that way means I can upgrade slowly and have a very good set-up at the end of it. Im in NI and there's not many places I know of to audition any of this stuff so I'll have to buy blind from those that allow return.
The products mentioned above could well change based on auditions and further reading but have I got the route mostly right?