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    Building a setup...

    After contemplating for what seems like forever Iíve decided to put off building another 2ch system while over here in the desert. I have decided to build a headphone system. In the past I had Sennheiser HD600ís with a Little Dot mk2. It was a decent setup but this time Iím looking to take it up a notch.

    As with everything, Iíve researched way too much and my mind has me building what seems like a million different systems. Iím looking to stay under $3,000 and of course my fingers are crossed for some good Black Friday deals.

    Here is what Iíve narrowed it down to:
    Audeze LCD-X w/ Bryston BHA-1 and a Schiit Modi Multibit
    Audeze LCD-2 w/ Bryston BHA-1 and a Schiit Bifrost Multibit
    Audeze LCD-3 w/ Audeze Deckard
    Sennheiser HD850S w/ HDVA600

    As you guys know the combinations are endless. Do any of you have any other suggestions? I'm having trouble deciding if I should keep the quality of DAC as close as the quality of amp. Also, because I have a two little girls and 2 cats I would prefer to stay away from tubes.

    Classic rock, jazz and classical are the main genres that I listen to. Rap is probably the only thing that will never get played on this. Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Building a setup...

    I would throw the Focal Utopia headphones into the mix.
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    Re: Building a setup...

    I would love to Mike but then I would blow my budget lol.

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    Re: Building a setup...

    Quote Originally Posted by matt_zak View Post
    I would love to Mike but then I would blow my budget lol.
    That never stopped me.
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    Re: Building a setup...

    I don't need the headache from my wife lol

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    Re: Building a setup...

    The Pass HP Amp should be a blast, can drive an elephant. Auralic HP amps are also good, as well as Bakoon, Questyle and MalValve. Different amps require different HPs and you should pick depending what kind of sound you are looking for.

    In terms of HPs Hifiman H1000 is very good and the Oppo PM-1 does a decent job for the price.


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    Re: Building a setup...

    Thanks for the info. I'll look at some of those other companies.

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    Re: Building a setup...

    Quote Originally Posted by matt_zak View Post
    I don't need the headache from my wife lol
    Got that right, if went out and bought $20k speakers, she would turn around and go a $60k car, and
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    Re: Building a setup...

    Thank you everyone for your input. I've placed an order for the Audeze LCD-XC, deckard and a wireworld starlight USB. This should give me some great tunes and I can always upgrade the DAC and amp down the road. I don't mind the heavier headphones since the longest amount of time to listen I'll have is when I work nights. That would be about 2-3hrs max.

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