Headphone amp and Headphone advice please
I'm new to these forums so first of all hi!
I've recently purchased a Rega Brio-r amp, Rega DAC, Sonos system and all the fancy chord cables (e.g. Prodac, Cobra and chrimson plus), I didn't really want to compromise anywhere really so thought I'd just get it all at once. One thing I'm a little disappointed by is that there's no headphone socket on the amp, but I guess it's a no frills amp and does exactly what it's designed to do!
I don't listen to a lot of music through headphones but I'd like to have the functionality to use now and again, especially when it's late (I live on the top floor flat so I try to be considerate). I've done a lot of research on this and found I can get a dedicated headphone amp to attach through the record out slot, however, and this is a big however, there are loads of potentials out there and really don't know what to go for, how much to spend and how much difference I will hear from them.
Currently I'm using a set of Goldring NS1000s - I know these and particularly great headphones but I do a lot of travelling and they are perfect for that, especially as they cost about £80 at the time and if I lost them well, it wouldn't be as hard on my pocket as a set of Bose equivalent.
I'm looking to get a set of headphones in the not to distant future for home use. I'm torn between AKG K701s, 702s and Q701 - I really like the look of the silver 701s (but I'm not particularly bothered on aesthetics) and was wondering what people's thoughts were? I've seen loads of reviews out there but nothing difinitive, especially when you throw headphone amps in to the equation. My budget is £200 but could stretch to £250 at a push. Open to other suggestions too!
So headphone amps, I'm toying with either a Pro-Ject Headbox MXII, Graham Slee Novo or Russ Andrew's Cute Beyond. Obviously I want to spend as little as possible so I guess my question is, how much better is the Graham Slee Novo than the Pro-Ject, with say, the Q701/K701 headphones? Also, any one have experience with the Russ Andrews?
I listen to a wide variety of music: Jazz, 60-80s Rock, Metal, Pop, Soul, R&B all the way to classical, brass bands and male voice choirs. So I'm looking for a generalist solution (if at all possible). My source is usually a loseless format through the Sonos and DAC, but I do sometimes use a 26 year old CD player and an equally old DUAL turntable (inherited from my parents).
Hope I've covered everything,
Thanks in advance,