Originally Posted by Furball Zen
FLAC is still not as good as the real thing. Im not saying you HAVE to listen to CD's, but IMHO if youre gonna spend the money why waste your music on cans rather than speakers? Nothing more embarassing than jamming to music and realizing everyone is looking at you weird lol.
I was under the impression that FLAC was a carbon copy - exact bit buy bit of the audio CD.... There's a reason why it's called Lossless.... Granted there are different quality settings you can choose for even FLAC ripping.
Most people in this day and age NEED their collection to be digital to use in a media player of some sort, be it a super high end DAP like LIttleDots personal media player, or something as cheap as an iPod/Zune, or a high end mobile phone like a Galaxy S2, or iPhone whom both have high end DAC's built in. (Burr Brown I know is used by Samsung).
MP3 320kbps while not being as good as FLAC or an Audio CD is still very good for most people who use them in a media player with a pair of IEM's.
To the OP - Sennheiser is my brand of choice as it also is with a lot of the audiophile community. If your looking for a good every day, and very good sounding set of cans check out either the HD 595's which are easy to drive and sound superb, or the newer HD 598 which are a slight improvement over the 595's. If your looking for value check out the 555's of their newer brother the 558's. Though VERY expensive I got to listen to Senn's new HD 800's which blew me away.
As for the DAC there are several, LIttledot makes a great DAC, as does Fiio. You could also check out Fubar II MkII. There are many. Hell Creative actually makes a decent USB Dac that won't break the bank. Keep in mind though NOT ALL DAC's have a built in headphone amplifier! So depending on your headphones you may need a DAC AND a Headphone amplifier.Edited by Cyrilmak - 12/9/11 at 3:31pm