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Headphone Amp for HD650s

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by sdavlaws, May 12, 2018.

  1. sdavlaws

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    I have been using my AV receiver (currently a denon 2300) as an amp for my HD 650s for a few years I am now wondering if they would have more to offer with a true headphone amp.

    So i suppose I have two questions for you all: -
    • Would a dedicated amp provided improved sound above my AV receiver?
    • What would be the cost of entry be to see an improvement?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Rroff

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    HD600 series scales well with the amplifier used - look for something that has a decent amount of voltage output/voltage swing as they don't need much current but do need reasonably good capabilities to "drive" voltage.

    A lot of people like tube or hybrid tube amps to drive those headphones - personally I ended up going the DIY route as I never found anything off the shelf I was 100% happy with for them as most amplifiers are designed to drive a wide range of headphones and not the 600 series specifically.
     
  3. sdavlaws

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    Having never really looked at headphone amps I didn't know DIY is even an option.
    I would prefer an off the shelf option even if it is not "perfect" i would be willing to pay a little more for a tube amp if that was the better option as they also look interesting when the tubes are visible.
     
  4. TALON1973

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    Max budget?
     
  5. sdavlaws

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    I would be willing to pay £2-250 as I would expect it to last a while.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
  6. Hedge

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    Schiit is probably worth a look.

    Or go portable and get an oppo ha2se or something
     
  7. sdavlaws

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    I have looked a the modi/magni based on reading other threads it's just getting hold of one that might be the problem.
     
  8. PapaLazaru

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    Arcam rHead could be a good option, especially as it can be bought for £169 at the moment.
     
  9. rids57

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    will a DAC be needed too?

    As an alternative to Schiit, Hifiheadphones.co.uk now carry the JDS Labs linup including the OL DAC and The Element Amp & DAC
     
  10. sdavlaws

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    I will be needing a DAC, having never looked beyond AV receivers I didn't know they where general separate things that element AMP/DAC looks very interesting.
     
  11. TALON1973

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    I'd stretch the budget if you want a dac as well. Go chord mojo.

    Although if you want seperates I just happen to have a graham slee srg11 headphone amp with psu1 power supply and an arcam irdac v1 available. About to go on sale

    £450 for both. The headphone amp has an upgrade path available as well.
     
  12. MorleySA

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    Maybe have a look at the Schiit Jotunheim, I have the HD6xx's and was tempted to get the Jotunheim, check out this review:
     
  13. T.Kay

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    Hi guys, do you have a rough idea what the best value dac would be, for 6XX. Have the E10K currently.
     
  14. nicknack35

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    I have a Musical Fidelity V90 dac which is a great Dac used to be £199 but since gone up to £230
     
  15. Hedge

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    Last edited: May 27, 2018