Audiophilia-on-a-budget advice needed: I want to upgrade my desktop listening experience for around $200 or less. Currently reasonably happy using Sennheiser HD-280 plugged straight into my Mac Pro, but borrowing a friend's Total BitHead has inspired me to look further.
I think I definitely want to add a headphone amp (so I can give this one back), but I wonder if a sub-100 USB DAC/headphone amp would work as well as the ~150 Total BitHead. I've been looking at (in increasing price order) the FiiO E10
(also the E7
, though I'd really prefer a physical volume knob), the NuForce uDAC-2
, and the Total BitHead
I'm also thinking about changing headphones. I find the HD-280s to be a little uncomfortable over time, and would prefer something lighter. I think the Audio Technica ATH-M50s qualify, but I'm totally open to suggestions. (Closed
headphones are necessary in my work environment, though.)
Or if it would be more worth it to keep the HD-280s and spend the money on a more expensive amp (like the Total BitHead or a FiiO E17), that's a reasonable suggestion too. (If other headphones wouldn't be a reasonably-sized upgrade, I'll probably just keep these. The Sennheisers aren't mine, per se, but close enough for the foreseeable future that they might as well be.)
Thoughts, audiophiles of MeFi?