The best of the best (Headphones and Headphone amps)
Hey, as well as looking for a portable solution (which I have started another thread for) I also am looking for an ultimate Hi-Fi solution headphones wise. I'm willing to save for a of year or two (pr threee or four!) for a truly ultimate headphone/headphone amp combination as I want something truly fantastic, as a speaker system for me is and will be for a long time inconviniant/impossible! At the moment I'm using an iPod classic attached to a Fiio e7 via dock connector to 3.5mm jack, playing through my Beats By Dre Pros (I know, but for now I like them).
All my music is ripped straight from CDs and kept in uncompressed WAV format. I listen to a lot of late 90s and early 2000s hip hop such as Cypress Hill and D12, reggae including Ini Kamoze and Damian Marley, and even venture into the likes of Cold Play and Kasabian! What I want to do is pool together a list of really good headphone/amp combos with source suggestions (I will most likely end up sourcing with a Cyrus player such as the CD 6).
I want to spend probably between £1000 to £1500, excluding the cost of the source as I want something truly fantastic. Just because I have Dr Dre headphones doesn't mean I'm deaf to good sound, as I'm really not, I truly admire my Uncles Hi-Fi system of a cyrus DAC X+, AVI intergrated amplifier and monitor audio bookshelf speakers (can't remember which model), as well as his grahem slee novo feeding of his DAC, which he listens to on his ATH-M50s 'phones. At the moment I'm really liking the idea of a beyerdyanmic T1/A1 pairing, but other than those I really don't know what else to consider. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, and hopefully this will also help out those with a fair amount of spare cash also trying to decide a really good headphone system. They can be open, closed or semi-open headphones, it doesn't matter, and the amp doesn't have to matc by company. I'm just looking for a really nice system for home listening!