As I grew up with "Vinyl" as the only source (mid sixties..!!
) I also was an early user of phones.
With increasing age, and staggering up the AudioPhile Ladder of never ending expenses for gear
I also matched the better sources (VINYL and CD...) with the best phones I could afford.
Currently this is the STAX 009 phones & 007T2 Stax amp.
(I consider the rest of my source & electronic stuff as "adequate")
Even there are various critics out there, who claim, that "pops & crackles, etc" and what else is wrongly associated with vinyl, would totally be against using high-end phones I can only state: ALL WRONG !
My records always sounded even better with the latest & newer - and better - phones (I owned over 5 different STAX phones - and a few others - over the Years.)
Hence: the old news of Source First
is still valid - and please Do
match them with the best reproduction system you can get - an excellent pair of Phones & amps
PS: Of course: an excellent pair of SPEAKERS is also an alternative - it will just cost you much more...!!!