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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post
 

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.

You would have room for one of these.  I was going to get the crack at first until I saw this amp and started doing some checking.  I did not like the size of the crack or the asthetics for that matter....http://diyah.boards.net/thread/143/project-ember.  I am loving the Ember and found the best tube for me, with the 650's  I have no complaints at all.  I had the ember built so no mess no fuss.

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Originally Posted by Solarium View Post
 

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.


Originally Posted by connieflyer View Post
 

You would have room for one of these.  I was going to get the crack at first until I saw this amp and started doing some checking.  I did not like the size of the crack or the asthetics for that matter....http://diyah.boards.net/thread/143/project-ember.  I am loving the Ember and found the best tube for me, with the 650's  I have no complaints at all.  I had the ember built so no mess no fuss.

Isn't this a hybrid with an SS output? Personally if I were going the tube route I'd go 100%.

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It has opamps in the output stage.  Hybrid,ss, tube, all have there advantages and disadvantages.  I find the combination of the opamps in the output makes it easier to roll tubes, as you only need the one tube to buy and you don't have to second guess which of the tubes sound best with each other, just the single tube.  With the auto bias for tubes it makes rolling tubes quite easy.  The output power is more than I will ever need.  Have not found any music file that I have that had the amp staining or at full volume.  The amp is small enough not to take up so much space or be in the way.  If you are interested in the specs here is a link....http://garage1217.com/garage1217_diy_tube_headphone_amplifiers_004.htm  Jeremy has been very quick to answer any concerns or questions I have had.and the build quality was as good as it gets.  They also have a couple of other amps built on the same pcb;s with different design goals and with a 3 year warranty and built in the US, I thought it was and is a great investment.

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Originally Posted by connieflyer View Post
 

It has opamps in the output stage.  Hybrid,ss, tube, all have there advantages and disadvantages.  I find the combination of the opamps in the output makes it easier to roll tubes, as you only need the one tube to buy and you don't have to second guess which of the tubes sound best with each other, just the single tube.  With the auto bias for tubes it makes rolling tubes quite easy.  The output power is more than I will ever need.  Have not found any music file that I have that had the amp staining or at full volume.  The amp is small enough not to take up so much space or be in the way.  If you are interested in the specs here is a link....http://garage1217.com/garage1217_diy_tube_headphone_amplifiers_004.htm  Jeremy has been very quick to answer any concerns or questions I have had.and the build quality was as good as it gets.  They also have a couple of other amps built on the same pcb;s with different design goals and with a 3 year warranty and built in the US, I thought it was and is a great investment.

Just say'in that for myself I'd go the full course to get the entire tube sound, right to the output. Unfortunately this costs a bunch more. Actually I prefer the cleanest possible sound and am not looking for adding even order harmonic distortion to the original sound.

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The Torpedo looks an interesting amp with  switchable hi/low gain is anyone running one with the HD650's?

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I was thinking about the Fiio E12; I can get it in town for cheap.

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Originally Posted by dtheory View Post

Say if I had a decent amp, the 650s, and really good Flac files playing out of a Macbook. Would a DAC have a profound influence in addition to these factors or are we talking a small improvement?

 

 

I would wait on a DAC at this time and spend your budget on a decent amp.  The Macs have decent DACs for what it is...... a laptop.  You could always get an improved stand alone DAC at a later point, months or years down the road...

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I know that the e12 is a pretty good amp for planar magnetic headphones like the maddog and he400. Not sure how it pairs with 650 though. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

I know that the e12 is a pretty good amp for planar magnetic headphones like the maddog and he400. Not sure how it pairs with 650 though. 

 

It's OK, but not very good, IMO.

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Actually the E12 pairs better with Alpha Dog than the HD650, IMHO.

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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

Actually the E12 pairs better with Alpha Dog than the HD650, IMHO.

 

That would have been my guesstimation. 

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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

Actually the E12 pairs better with Alpha Dog than the HD650, IMHO.

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

That would have been my guesstimation. 

I tried the HD650 and the E12 a few weeks ago and it seemed just fine. What would either of you guys see as an issue?

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

 

 

I tried the HD650 and the E12 a few weeks ago and it seemed just fine. What would either of you guys see as an issue?

 

Nothing really on paper/in theory. Just that most of the fiio products are warmish with rolled off highs which doesn't usually make a good match for the 650. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Nothing really on paper/in theory. Just that most of the fiio products are warmish with rolled off highs which doesn't usually make a good match for the 650. 

 

+1  

 

The FiiO amps are more rounded than other SS amps (e.g. Magni), IMO. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Nothing really on paper/in theory. Just that most of the fiio products are warmish with rolled off highs which doesn't usually make a good match for the 650. 

I don't think that the E12 has rolled off highs, that may just be the idle chatter that makes it's rounds.....I just looked at the FR curves for the E12 and it looks like it's down relative 0.5 dB at 30 kHz. I know one thing for sure, I can't hear that as a problem. :D This is not hard to accomplish in a modern amp. 

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