Longtime lurker, first time poster. I am a fledgling musician and eternal appreciator of all types of music that blend talent, artistry, and innovation. I have two young children that often fail to impart 'peace and quiet', so I'm finally ready to dive in an procure some equipment that invokes 'peace and audio'.
Headphones for sure. Everyone in my home is either working, sleeping, or being potty trained. I won't be able to sit and enjoy a pair of quality loudspeakers anytime soon.
I'll be largely streaming music from my laptop or iMac to my headphones. I don't have a turntable or vinyl.... yet?!
My goal is to enjoy immersive sound in a chair and zone out for a bit. I have a VERY baseline understanding of tonal ranges, depth of sound, and what things that are "muddy" sound like. But I am an absolute novice with the technology or science behind it. I'm sorry to say I don't know how warm mids and impedance factors truly sound.
So my goal is to get a set of cans or cans + DAC (or amp?) so I can start listening to and learning about audio for enjoyment, and to develop my ear for High-Fi.
Can anyone recommend a load-out that suits this need? Trying to spend around $500ish to have a nice point of entry, but not a stupid expense in case it just doesn't resonate (pun intended) with me.
Thank you very much!
(ps. not really looking to buy used gear during COVID. That's just me)