Just like to throw around an assessment I'm making in the
My set up is basically DAV preamps going into
an ISA428 and using the Focusrite's converters into a MOTU 8pre, so I've got 8 good
preamps with good conversion on the input side, with 8 channels to spare of I need them on
Monitoring wise I like, when tracking in the studio, to use an
analogue desk an Alesis 12R, so I split the preamps into the Alesis prior to conversion.
Currently my DAW output comes from the main outputs of the 8pre also into the Alesis. The
Alesis outputs feed PMC TB2-A's via a Nano Patch and the room has been assessed and
I'm happy with this setup for the most part, however, I
use headphones for monitoring when location recording (the DAV, 428 and 8Pre live in a 4
unit case, so nice portable solution) and also I like to sit down and make a final
headphone check of CDs before production as I like the focus a critical headphone
Currently my only headphone amps are on the 8pre and the
Alesis. Given I haven't ever owned a decent headphone amp, I don't know what I'm missing
and whilst ignorance is bliss (and cheaper) I suspect I should review this aspect of my
I currently have Sony MDR-7509 and Sennheiser HD-25 headphones.
I'm mulling over whether to purchase a standalone headphone amp, and I quite like the
look of the new Lehmann Studio Cube, which I would patch in between the Alesis and the
Nanopatch in the studio and use it patched into the 8pre for location monitoring.
I was also thinking of a Benchmark DAC1, which I could patch between the 8pre and the
Alesis using optical connection, plus I could monitor the CD direct (CD player has a SPDIF
So I'm trying to assess the benefits of improved headphone amps, over my
current setup (but bearing in mind I don't use them much apart from location recording),
or indeed the benefits of improved conversion over the 8pre (but bearing in mind mostly
it'll be heard via the Alesis mixer, which perhaps will mitigate any improvements).
Mostly record acoustic and classical music.
Budget around 300 to 600
Excuse the ramble.......................