Originally Posted by Andrea
As a side note, finding out the real good stuff, at whatever price level, requires talent.
Your impellent urgence to comment and trying to provoke and trolling every my posts make me laugh, really, you are exilarating.
But I have something to say:
also reading the posts in the right way and being intelligent need talent.
For what concerns finding sinergic stuff, it needs experience, a lot of experience, trial and errors and a lot of listening with many electronics and acoustics and cables.
The HD650 sounds "well" with a lot equipment. But high-end is another thing.
It shows high-end features with very specific equipment. This is a fact.
Till now, I've experienced this "delight" with two amps (Rp5.1 and Earmax Pro) and three cd-players (Meridian G07, Linn Sondek CD12 and Audio Analogue Maestro), and still I feel a replacement cable necessary.
I hope there are other setup that can extract a lot of musicality from the HD650, but I believe that the very high qualities that can take the HD650 near an electrostatic sound can achieved only with near-no-compromise devices (cheap devices need compromises by definition).
A system doesn't need to be expensive to sound good (now I'm about to implement a real cheap amp+headphone setup, about 300 euro of Meier H5 plus a Grado Sr80 with original bowls, and I'm confident it will sound astonishingly good).
Sadly, HD650 need no-compromise setup to sound *really* good.
This is the good of the HD650: good sound also with "cheap" device (but careful, it can be a bit boring in dynamic), and very high feature with less-compromise devices.
But one have to listen at least once to those high qualities with other equipment like electrostat (but not only) to know what they are and have the feel of need this. I admit that one can be happy with "less sound", but please don't pretend to know what you don't know.
Taking the HD650 really up, sadly, is a steep ladder, but with a lot of amazing time spent in listening to music.
Happy music man.