I have been away for some time and had to re-register. No problems, I am back and happy in Naim Land once again.
Question: I share the TV/HIFI room with my wife. Which is a good thing. When Shelley is not gardening she watches Netflix (a lot). Then we retire to bed. I would so love to turn up the amp a little, though this would disturb Shelley’s sleep. I would love to sit back to some of my favourite CDs and sip a nice single malt.
Up until now I have been trying to validate purchasing a pair of Focal Utopia headphones. Though I think I have been going about it all the wrong way.
CD Player: Marantz CD-85 circa 1990. (CD player roll-off at 15kHz. My hearing tops out at 13kHz)
Amplifier: Nait XS 2 circa 2017
Speakers: Celestion SL6Si circa 1990
I was toying around with the idea of a CD player upgrade and a loud speaker upgrade. As I will possibly only allowed to use the loud speakers on rare occasions. I thought I would purchase an Audiophile headphone plus upgrade the CD player to a Naim CD5 XS.
The CD5 XS is still on the table as this does not make sound, only improves it. The loud speaker upgrade is out. I also released after a lot of research. Audiophile equipment costs in the tens of thousands if not more. I am shooting far above my weight.
Back to reality. I understand sound is personal. I thought instead of purchasing a headphone amplifier and headphones as well. Why not use what you have.
So I put it to the Forum. What headphones would be a good match for the Class “A” output of the headphone amplifier on the Nait XS 2 please? Since I am not going to spend $4,000 AUD or more on speakers. Possibly it might be wiser to invest the money into some high quality headphones that are a match for the output capabilities of the Nait XS 2 headphone output.
Starting with a clean slate and an open mind to the Forum Members experience and recommendations.
P.S. I have no experience with Streamers. Location Australia with 40MB/s NBN speed rate.