Recommendations for getting great headphone sound with Classical Music - amp/dac, players, collection format, etc
I listen to a lot of music, but the most is Classical. I love high quality sound when I can, but the audiophile world is definitely very complex.
Here's what I have now, and I'd like recommendations on what other things I can do to improve it.
Not looking for headphone advice in the scope of this question, but For headphones I use, I have the HD650, AKG K7XX, Beyerdynamics DT770 that I use. (In the future, was considering the HD660s or even stepping up to the 800 series, but for now I want to focus on the sources)
For powering them, I have Schitt stack that I use at my computer, Modi/Magni, as well as a Soundblaster Ae5 sound card with 600 ohm amp.
For portable, I have a Soundblaster E5 that I use with my ipad/iphone to power them.
At my computer, I listen to FLAC files. (Got some from HD tracks) I also listen to CDs I have ripped, and I stream the Master quality Tidal. I also stream Idagio, a Classical Service that has hi res flac files too.
I listen to a lot on my ipad or iphone too, with the E5 sound blaster unit. I stream Idagio or Tidal there, highest quality possible.
Here are my questions:
In the future when I am comfortable with my collection format and sources, I will look into the headphone side too. No point getting better cans now if I don't know how to best take advantage of them.
- Are my amp/dacs sufficient to give me high level sound on the above headphones? especially portable?
- Should I look into a high res portable player like the Astell and Kern for my music listening instead of the iphone/ipad streaming? I want the best sound possible on mobile.
- For my computer listening, what's the best I can get? FLAC? Or something else?