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.
Around the $200 you would want to be looking at Schiit gear. My vote is for either Magni/Modi or Vali/Modi. The Vali will be slightly over budget but well worth the money IMO. OR for just a little more money, , you can buy a Crack kit and have THE amp for the hd650. You'd still need the dac but hey...you would be very close to the finish line...saving yourself thousands of dollars that you would normally have to spend to get to this point.