Hi everyone, just jumped on the HD650 bandwagon and I'm looking to of course pair them with an amp. But, I'm having a tough time deciding what I want to go with. My main focus is on speed, mid-range and soundstage. I listen to mostly electronic music but definitely have some post rock and classical in there. I'm more interested in lush and entertaining sound. Not analytical or fatiguing. My budget is around $300.
A lot of people in this thread seem to really recommend the Bottlehead Crack and that is coincidentally around my budget. However, the Speedball upgrade also comes highly recommended and that definitely puts me over budget. It would drive me crazy knowing I'm missing out.
So, forgetting the BH Crack for a moment, what's some other great amps that pair really well with the 650? I've been seriously considering the Valhalla, the Maverick TubeMagic D1, and the iCAN iFi. A lot the reviews right here at head-fi say the Xbass and 3D mode on the iCAN aren't actually gimmicks, and I think I would enjoy that for gaming. Thoughts?
The Valhalla would be a good choice but you can also buy the Crack without Speedball. You can add the Speedball in the future if you feel that you need that upgrade.
Edited by pdrm360 - 4/6/14 at 8:14pm