Advice for First Good Headphones
My current headphone setup is not very good:
- Lossy 256kbps AAC audio files
- Built-in phone and laptop DACs
- Koss Porta Pro and Etymotic ER 6 headphones
My plan to remediate this is:
- Re-rip CDs to lossless ALAC
- AudioQuest DragonFly black DAC ($100 Amazon)
- Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones ($80 Amazon)
I chose this combination of DAC and headphone, because it seemed to be the least expensive way to dip my toes into the audiophile waters. I'm not completely new to high fidelity audio; I listen to SACD/DVDA/HFPA disks in my dedicated home theater.
My question: Is there a better way to spend <$300 total to overhaul my headphone experience?
The headphones must have have a flat response, have a closed back, and be comfortable for extended periods. I mainly listen to metal and electronica, some of which is very complex, so I want headphones that reveal and separate detail. I don't listen to jazz, classical, anything vocal focused, or anything bass focused.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.