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post #15061 of 18500
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Originally Posted by jimmers View Post
 

Been through all this before,

 

High gain is not for DAC source (with DAC output 2V use gain 2x or less)

Higher voltage adaptor is irrelevant. JDS should know better.

 

Yes, but it seems valuable when someone is asking about the Odac/O2 w/ the HD650, right? 

post #15062 of 18500
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

 

Yes, but it seems valuable when someone is asking about the Odac/O2 w/ the HD650, right? 

Doesn't matter what headphone you use, high level source -> use low gain.

post #15063 of 18500

I still have a hard time deciding the Magni or Vali to keep with the HD650. The Magni has a brighter sound which compliments the dark/warm signature of the HD650 pretty nicely, also has more speed and adds some sparkles to the treble. The Vali adds a darker/warmer signature to the HD650, but has MUCH better bass, which sounds more controlled and has a larger presence, adds the wetness/reverb quality of tube amps, sounding more organic and less robotic vs solid state amps. I love the Vali, but it almost makes the HD650 too dark/warm, too slow, and almost makes me fall asleep every time I listen to it because I just want to close my eyes and enjoy the music.

 

Can anyone compare the Vali and Bottlehead Crack w/ Speeball, whether the additional x3 times the cost is worth the sound quality upgrade? Does it sound more warm/dark than the Vali? Does it have more speed? Does it have as much microphonics? Does the treble have a better presence? Is the soundstage larger? etc

post #15064 of 18500

For me, the crack with speedball is supremely good. The Vali is a very nice amp for the money but head to head simply can not compete with the crack. YMMV 

post #15065 of 18500
Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

The Vali is a very nice amp for the money but head to head simply can not compete with the crack. YMMV 

 

THIS.  Crack + SB offers better instrument separation, faster/tighter/more dyanamic bass, a larger soundstage,etc.

post #15066 of 18500

My biggest concern with the BHC is having to assemble it myself. Does anyone know where I can get an assembled one in the UK for a reasonable price?

post #15067 of 18500

Look in for sale forum maybe you get lucky

post #15068 of 18500
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

 

THIS.  Crack + SB offers better instrument separation, faster/tighter/more dyanamic bass, a larger soundstage,etc.

My only gripe is that the crack is insanely huge and there's no way I can fit that on my desk without causing a lot of trouble. Here's my setup: http://www.head-fi.org/t/529140/lightbox/post/10121056/id/1007426. How is it compared to Lyr by any chance someone can elaborate? This is for both the HD650 and the HD800 which I eventually will upgrade to.

post #15069 of 18500

Crack is way better with HD800 than Lyr, I had both at the same time and Crack beat Lyr hands down even if only you can afford GE/Sylvania 5814A / Chatham 5998 tubes

post #15070 of 18500
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post
 

Crack is way better with HD800 than Lyr, I had both at the same time and Crack beat Lyr hands down even if only you can afford GE/Sylvania 5814A / Chatham 5998 tubes

 

Sorry for my wallet!  :mad:

post #15071 of 18500
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

Sorry for my wallet!  :mad:


But you can sell T1, for me HD800 have wide soundstage than T1 with Crack while before I was prefering T1 over HD800 with other setups I heard at the meets

post #15072 of 18500
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post
 


But you can sell T1, for me HD800 have wide soundstage than T1 with Crack while before I was prefering T1 over HD800 with other setups I heard at the meets

 

The HD800 have wider soundstage than the T1 with Lyr too, but the T1 is more all-rounder headphones.

post #15073 of 18500
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

The HD800 have wider soundstage than the T1 with Lyr too, but the T1 is more all-rounder headphones.


I listening to many different genres of music and so far can't find any genre for which I want different headphones

post #15074 of 18500

Hello all.

 

I just got a pair of HD650s and through some basic research have discovered that I have leaped into quite a rabbit hole.

 

I am willing to invest in a DAC/AMP but I don't want to spend more than $200 at this time.

 

Therefore, what would get me my best bang for my buck as "noob" audiophile?  Put it into an amp or split the cost between a cheaper DAC/AMP combo?

I'm sure the headphones alone will be a stratospheric jump in quality for me, and I understand that the better the gear, the better the sound, but for my new (as of yet) not discerning ears, what is the most intelligent approach here?

Thank you for your assistance.  They're in the mail so I have some time to weigh different options.

post #15075 of 18500
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Originally Posted by dtheory View Post
 

Hello all.

 

I just got a pair of HD650s and through some basic research have discovered that I have leaped into quite a rabbit hole.

 

I am willing to invest in a DAC/AMP but I don't want to spend more than $200 at this time.

 

Therefore, what would get me my best bang for my buck as "noob" audiophile?  Put it into an amp or split the cost between a cheaper DAC/AMP combo?

I'm sure the headphones alone will be a stratospheric jump in quality for me, and I understand that the better the gear, the better the sound, but for my new (as of yet) not discerning ears, what is the most intelligent approach here?

Thank you for your assistance.  They're in the mail so I have some time to weigh different options.

I think I would avoid a $200 DAC/AMP combo. Maybe a cheaper DAC/AMP, such as the Audioquest Dragonfly could do the trick for the time being and then could be used as a DAC only and the amp ugraded through a discrete unit. Maybe you could look at the Schiit line: a Magni/Modi or a Vali/Modi stack would do the trick.

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