I don’t listen to my hifi through headphones.
But I do listen to music on the go (when we used to do such things) and recently have found that some of my listening doesn’t fit with Zoom calls in other parts of the house - not next room, but a bit away.
And then I read the headphones thread, and I’m thinking - ohh, nice gear…
So, where should a keen listener with a 552/500 system go?
As far as I can tell, closed back give quieter surroundings to others (little sound leakage out) and attenuate outside sounds coming in. Open backs leak more - someone said like a quiet speakerphone - and allow ambient noise in, but give a wider soundstage and more natural sound. Of course, I could well be wrong as all this is from what has been written, not what I’ve heard.
So, what sort of headphones make sense - I’m thinking that as keeping sound out or in isn’t the main point, open backed ones are likely to be better. But could I use those in bed if my wife was asleep next to me without getting bruised?
As for costs, budget is not inexhaustible, but I’d rather spend a little more now than have to upgrade quite soon… but they will never be the main source for listening. And I see I’ll have to use a headphone amp - they can be driven by the balanced outputs of the Rossini, but what would be a decent enough amp and headphones combo at a sensible price?
Finally, have seen the Massdrop x Sennheiser 6xx promo (revamped HD650’s) for $220 which seems good value (if they ship to UK) but would have to buy sight unseen (ears unheard?)
What else is a good combo? I also gather comfort is key so I need to try them. Happy with valve headphone amp but do have a valve setup elsewhere so whatever sounds fine. And how do people drive them if they need a setup upstairs too - Raspberry Pi into another headphone amp or Pi/Chord DAC/amp combo? (I have Roon…)
suggestions and approx costs welcomed. Used/ex-demo fine for value-for-money too…