Hello HD650 lovers, a fellow HD650 owner here of many years looking to finally make the plunge into external amp ownership, I am currently running my HD650s on a ASUS Xonar Xense and factory cables (which I also have plans of upgrading), with that being said I have what I guess is going to be a loaded question:
Note: 100% use of my cans are done on my desktop computer with the use ranging from listening to music to gaming.
1) As far as getting a cable upgrade for the longest time I have been wanting to get a Cardas cable upgrade but never did, are Cardas still a relevant upgrade or has something "better" come along?
2) As far as amps go, I have been on the fence with getting either a Bottlehead Crack OTL w/Speedball Upgrade or a Schitt Lyr, which of these two would be for my setup and use?
My one and only hold back with getting the Bottlehead Crack is the fact that I don't have a soldering rig or have any experience at all with soldering, while I do have someone that is willing to do this for me on the free, said person lives a few hours away from me and I really would not want to 'bother' them with assembling this for me, trying to figure out if the Bottlehead Crack is really THAT much better than the Schitt Lyr.
With the cost difference of $55 to get the Schitt Lyr vs Bottlehead Crack not bothering me in any way, should I go for it or get the Bottlehead?
I LOVE the aesthetics of the Lyr (while I know looks are not everything for an amp) so that is a plus for me.
Does anyone have experience with both amps, if so which did you prefer?
Thanks in advance for any advice. (waits for the Bottlehead crack recommendations)
Edited by BoneEnterprise - 3/28/14 at 8:15am