Awesome! Just got a reply on Kickstarter to my above question: "Hi Andrew. Thanks for your input. Yes -if we have enough interest in adding a DAC, we will add this as a stretch funding goal and set this as a separate model."
The treble on the 550s to me is the weirdest thing. I have come to the conclusion that my ears are slightly more sensitive to treble than the average persons. I almost immediately on-sold DAPs in the past because they came across as too harsh when no one else had a problem with them. I have a pair of AudioFly AF56s and although I am very happy with them every now and then their treble comes across too harsh. So with all that said you would think I hate the 550s treble. It...
I'm just so proud of this coming out of New Zealand. I might actually for once be able to try before I buy. It is insanely cheap but those who have heard the prototypes seem to like it. I asked whether there was a possibility of bypassing the output DAC in future models, just waiting on a reply. Also maybe the thread starter wants to change the thread title to just "First portable valve headphone amp". See if we can generate some interest.
I am aware this is a bit of an ancient thread but I wanted to ask the specific people here. Is there really no point in an external DAC then? If that's the case why is there such a range of both external and internal DAC's to choose from? Furthermore do you think there is much benefit in a desktop amplifier at all? Take the Schiit Bifrost for example?
I'm just trying to get a better bearing on what is being said here.
Yeah they don't clamp on and I have a medium sized head, they were even looser when I got them but head band bending fixed that easily enough. At this point if I look straight down they very slowly start slipping off
Check out the review on here of the Audiofly AR56s. I am looking for a pair of IEM's myself and am leaning towards these because apparently they have a decent soundstage for IEMs and a strong emphasis for bass. They are cheap too depending on where you live =p
I have only heard the M50s. Very tight sound with slightly recessed mids but good bass. Its not so much your drowning in it but its plenty for rock tracks. They are a little more expensive but then they are also one of the most loved headphones on Head Fi, so your sorta buying into their legacy
I own 550's as my first pair of serious headphones and they served that purpose very well, everything just sounds amazing when you listen for the first time. I would note though that they work best in a quiet environment as although they isolate they let a lot of sound in, they also theoretically can be portable but they are big headphones and can be a real pain to try and fit in a full uni bag after a while. Lastly they work very well of any regular device, but also...