Once again, I'm turning to my trusted, highly informed friends here on the TB forums to ask a few questions I have about some audio equipment. Ever since I lost my Klipsch S4 earbuds in the airport last year, I've been having to make do with not the greatest sound quality when I'm using my other devices. Which lead me to the following questions.
1st - I am looking to purchase a nice pair of headphones for home audio listening. My research lead me to take a look at some Sennheiser 280 for around $86, 380's for around $170 and some Shure products, such as the 840 model. I am wondering if anyone else here uses or has information about some of the higher end headsets out there (granted the ones I just listed are probably mid-grade for their respective companies)
2nd - While researching into these headphones, I noticed that people said they ran their headphones through amplifiers. I have an old Onkyo receiver (2003) that I thought could do the job--however it across the room from me and would require some maneuvering around to have it near where I spend most of my time at home (computer office area and bed.) However, I believe I was mistaken--as I read on, I believe most people were talking about mobile amplifiers to further power and enhance the sound of their headphones, especially those headphones who have a higher impedance. So my second question is: has anyone had experience using these with their devices?
3rd - So after running into the two things above--I ran into another snag that I haven't really thought about. Lossless music formats. I have a decent amount of music (~35 gigs total) that I have acquired throughout the years. Some of the music I have is from 10+ years ago in some old rusty low-bitrate mp3 format. So now, I have music formats to think about, on top of the fact that I also have streaming music to think about (currently signed up with Spotify, trying that service out,) along with the soon to be released iTunes Match, which for 30 bucks a year will put all of my music out there at 256 bitrate aac files.
So, all and all, a lot to think about and while the internet has a plethora of information out there--I'm feel death by overload currently. So if any of you have any useful insights, tips, etc what not, I'd be very grateful for whatever you have to offer. I think some of you might actually be in the audio business (I'm looking at you AVService,) so I'm hoping for some good information.
Thank you very much in advance!