Definitely the lyr.
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You are suggesting something you have never heard over something you have never heard...........why do people do this constantly??? Sound is subjective own/demo the gear then make suggestions.
As others have mentioned, the Lyr is a super solid pair-up for the HD650 and tube rolling opens an almost unlimited gateway to tweak the sound. The Bottlehead gets rave reviews as well but you have to build it yourself, pay someone to build it for you, or buy one used. The Schiit is practically instant gratification - Order. Ship. Connect. Enjoy.
Welcome to Head-fi.
Welcome to life. Opinions are like a**holes...everyone has one, and they usually stink.
But this is, of course, IMO.
I think the Mjolnir is my next move, the loss of the plush sound of tubes is what stops me, but I guess I can keep the Lyr around. The only "higher end" SS amp I own is the HA-160 and I feel like it thins out the 650 too much, but I like what you describe here.
Bravo on re-terminating the stock cable, I tried with one my dog(wife's dog) chewed on and it did not go well.
It seems like most HD-650 owners choose amps and dacs that match the sound of the headphones, rather than complement them. That is, they pair the warm headphones with warm amps. This doubles down on the desired sound character, literally amplifying the strengths. Why not feed the HD-650s with something a bit cooler, with the goal of balancing the warm headphone sound out with complementary strength at the other end of the spectrum in the amp (or DAC)? Or would that just cancel out the strengths of each element and dilute the desired sound of the HD-650?