Originally Posted by sillysally
If I where you I would just save up and in the mean time do your home work, read, read, read.
Your D2000 is a bass headphone and if they are anything like my D7000 the bass is over blown. If you want bass a closed headphone is were you start, if you want it all then a high end open headphone plus a higher end amp and source.
LD is a good amp but don't forget you get what you pay for, and that's why the LD1 is the cheapest in there line.
Also don't forget there are three key components of a good headphone system. And these are just for starters.
1. Source player/DAC
Also beware of used HP amps especially tube amps.
Believe me, I am reading, but while there are some generalizations people tend to agree on, there are also wildly differing opinions on individual products (such as people who favorably compare the $80 XB700 to HD650s). I started asking questions here because I got the D2000s which are known for being "bass headphones" and was surprised at how un-bass-y they seemed to me in my system. I'm still considering ordering another pair just to see if it's an oddity in the specific pair I recieved.
I am running them out of my Emotiva USP-1 analog preamp (not an AVR, that was just for a few minutes to compare) with the following sources: Emotiva ERC-1 CD player, Pro-Ject 2Xperience turntable w. Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 cartridge via Musical Fidelity X-LPSv3/X-10v3/X-PSUv3 phono stage, and a Sony hybrid digital AM/FM tuner.
Last night I tried listening to "Got Your Money" by Ol' Dirty Bastard (not an audiophile classic) as a last ditch effort to see how much these cans could "plumb the depths" and was still not met with the powerful bass I know from playing it through my Monitor Audio Silver RS6s -- certainly not overblown, loose, flabby, boomy bass. So in my chain the Denons are absolutely not bass monsters. This is what surprised me so much.
The LDI+ is cheap but it is also designed for low-impedence 'phones, and frankly I'm looking for cheap. If it really does bring out the recessed midrange in the Denons I think I'd be happy with that combo. The LDIV is not designed for 25ohm headphones, I would look at something with higher impedence to pair with that.
I only need decent headphones for occasional listening which is why I'm not saving up for $1500 headphones/amps/etc. The Denons aren't bad, not to me, certainly better than my 7506 and PX100. The DT770s do sax, voice, cello better than the D2000 but are not so engaging to my ears in the treble and bass. Both are ~$200 closed headphones which is why I started with them. I have briefly heard the open HD650s and 595s but under less than ideal conditions (@ J&R playing live Barry Manilow at low volume). I would try the AKG 701s or similar but based on what I've read I don't think they'll satisfy me in terms of low-end. Since the main point of this, also, is not to keep my partner up when she's trying to sleep, I don't think open is the way to go, here.
It's clear to me that all of this is highly subjective, so I'm going to trust my ears, but it's helpful to know what people think. Thanks, all.