I got on this audiophile bandwagon at least in theory when I wanted to find an End Game headphone, that can be used for gaming, general use, video and music.
It only came into fruition about 3 months ago, when I got back into gaming to host a LAN party for my friends, kicking it old school. So in prep I went all out and starting putting together my audiophile gaming headset.
I bought an O2+SDAC and a pair of HIFIMAN HE4xx's, plus an Antlion ModMic v5, to start with, and pretty soon from thinking $300-400 is my limit for headphones, to actually considering cans that cost in the thousands.
Then almost on impulse through my readings, I discovered the famed THX AAA 789 amp, and ordered that on MassDrop with a SMSL SU8 V2 Balanced DAC (both yet to arrive). Why you ask ? I don't know - I caught up in the whole end game transparent AMP and DAC + headphones business, so I almost have to buy expensive headphones to justify the purchase - backward and flawed logic I know ... but curiosity has really killed me here, as I want to try all this different technology, compare it, and then probably sell all the stuff that becomes extraneous from my trial and error.
In honesty, my onboard sound was pretty good. The O2+SDAC brought out detail in the bass regions, but overall for the untrained ear, was it worth it? hmm time will will tell.
The only problem is, I am not aware of any stores other than Addicted to Audio (which closed in Adelaide) which specialise in Demo'ing a range of headphones to compare the cheaper to more expensive flagship stuff. Which means I'll need to fly interstate to try some on.
And so like a fanatic I got addicted to reading and listening to headphone reviews to find out what is the best for varying price range, and I'm still trying to decide what to get.
In the process of reading - I thought hey it would be fun to do my own reviews, from my perspective of gaming + music and everything else. This is such a rabbit hole - from taking the due diligence to test my ears and find out what frequencies I can/can't detect very well, to learning a bit about sound engineering and using some testing rigs etc - I can see that I can quickly go very deep... or just keep it simple - but I feel simple isn't really enough to give people an honest and detailed enough information to help them make a decision.
And so here I am hoping to connect with other headphone enthusiasts, learn a thing or two, and maybe attend some local Adelaide Headphone meets (or, organise one if need be).
I am not big on forums, and generally find it challenging to not constantly re-edit my self and just be happy with a post, but here I am having a go at it
So while I'm posting:
Anyone tried Hifiman Arya's versus Abyss Diana (not Phi) versus Quad Era-1 ? (lol , these seem to be my top 3 at the moment - but... if im paying over $1000 Aussie I would like to hear this expansive magical sound stage everyone talks about.)
The Arya's seem very attractive to me for their frequency response, sound stage, detail and overall listening experience. The Abyss Diana's are on special as a demo unit atm ($3500) is it worth the extra 1k over the Arya's ? - I doubt it, but I have no idea - not having been able to experience either of them.
Cheers all and Kind Regards,