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Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:36 am
by flognuts
I have a pair of HD600s currently running from xonar stx.

I dont think they are doing them justice. I also have speakers and love the convienience of switching between the two without changing cables.

What would my best option be here? Are there amps in this price range that would power the headphones beautifully and allow me to use speakers when not using headphones without messing around with cables?

Used to be massively into headphones but found it a never ending money pit. So sold everything and decided a few years later to just get hd600s (which i rate as my personal favourite) and a nice little amp / dac and call it a day

What would you recommend marcus? I was looking at the odac / amp or the beresford capella...something like that if thet can do both headphones and active speakers without changing cables all the time.

Thanks

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:01 pm
by Marcus
Either should do you nicely, I don't know if I'd be able to pick a favourite, but I'd rate the Beresford higher in terms of build quality :)

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:55 pm
by flognuts
I think I quite like the look of the beresford! it matches my speakers too.

Have you got them in stock? i'll swing past tomorrow if possible.

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:09 am
by flognuts
Thought you still had the store hahaha.

Ended up just ordering the Delux O2 Odac online.

There seemed to be lots and lots of positive feedback on that so went with that combo.

Thanks :)

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:58 pm
by Marcus
Awesome, let me know how it goes!

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:13 pm
by flognuts
Couldn't be happier with it to be honest. Probably the best price to performance ratio in headphone audio at the moment I assume?

Question. How do the DT880s pair with it? probably get a pair of them and call it a day.

Re: Best amp /amp+ dac under $500 for hd600

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:52 am
by Marcus
They pair well :)
Very different sound to the HD600 but similar in terms of power requirements.