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post #17416 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post
 

I'm going to try them out of my receiver and see if they sound fine but would a Schitt Vali be enough? I was planning on that. Something under $200 would be great, or I can just wait for Christmas to get something even better. 

 

The older receivers work well (70's), but I've heard some newer receivers that sounded quite good also. You'll have to give it a listen. Some receivers that put out too much wattage will give the 650's some hiss in the background. This can be remedied with an attenuator. 

 

The Vali is a good pairing. The Asgard 2 is also good but is a bit over your budget. 

post #17417 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post

I'm going to try them out of my receiver and see if they sound fine but would a Schitt Vali be enough? I was planning on that. Something under $200 would be great, or I can just wait for Christmas to get something even better. 

Schiit Vali works very well.
post #17418 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post
 

I'm going to try them out of my receiver and see if they sound fine but would a Schitt Vali be enough? I was planning on that. Something under $200 would be great, or I can just wait for Christmas to get something even better. 


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post #17419 of 18964

Looking to maybe see if I want these. 

 

I'm kind of choking on the price a little though... $499 for headphones and that's not including the price of a DAC or amp. Any thoughts on the total $$$ needed to get a decent setup? A friend recommended to me the $99 Schiit amp and DAC combo. 

 

And also, can anyone comment on how good iTunes AAC files will sound out of the HD650s? Or would it be necessary for me to replace all of the tracks I have of them with lossless?

post #17420 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Xeculus View Post
 

Looking to maybe see if I want these. 

 

I'm kind of choking on the price a little though... $499 for headphones and that's not including the price of a DAC or amp. Any thoughts on the total $$$ needed to get a decent setup? A friend recommended to me the $99 Schiit amp and DAC combo. 

 

And also, can anyone comment on how good iTunes AAC files will sound out of the HD650s? Or would it be necessary for me to replace all of the tracks I have of them with lossless?

 

The 650 do lesser music better than most, so you'd be fine there. Best budget setup would be the Vali. Best setup that I've heard period is the Crack amp...IMO. As far as dac goes, the odac is quite decent on a budget but the bifrost is special. 

post #17421 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Xeculus View Post

And also, can anyone comment on how good iTunes AAC files will sound out of the HD650s? Or would it be necessary for me to replace all of the tracks I have of them with lossless?
iTunes AAC files sound fine with the HD650. It's a lot more forgiving than other headphones. I also enjoy iTunes Radio a lot. Apple equalizes the volume on all the songs on iTunes Radio. So, new poorly mastered songs that are all volume loudness are toned way down. It makes for a more enjoyable listening experience.
Edited by Anavel0 - 5/12/14 at 5:58pm
post #17422 of 18964
Well recorded, intricate, "sparse" maybe, jazz, rock, classical, country, I really love all music through my 650's. Enjoyed with my Fiio E09K, and now my new Schiit Asgard 2 (brand new due to recommendations on this thread-THANK YOU!!!).
post #17423 of 18964

Yeah, I don't think you'd be one bit of disappointed with a Modi/Magni or Modi/Vali combo along with the HD650.  I plan on letting the Asgard 2 and HD650 combo spoil me for quite a bit longer :).

post #17424 of 18964

Yeah I say price wise, unless you already have a competent DAC or Amp, you are looking at $700 total for the whole package. $400-500 for the 650's and $200-300 for your amp/dac combo. But the latter will make it so that you can get other headphones and not have to worry about powering them. Well, at least for intro stuff. My amp/dac combo was $200 and $20 for the new op amps and I got lucky with a cheap $650 deal for $350.

post #17425 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Xeculus View Post

Looking to maybe see if I want these. 

I'm kind of choking on the price a little though... $499 for headphones and that's not including the price of a DAC or amp. Any thoughts on the total $$$ needed to get a decent setup? A friend recommended to me the $99 Schiit amp and DAC combo. 

And also, can anyone comment on how good iTunes AAC files will sound out of the HD650s? Or would it be necessary for me to replace all of the tracks I have of them with lossless?

Modi/Vali combo is very reasonably priced and sounds great with 650's.
post #17426 of 18964

Ah ok, thanks for the responses. So I'm looking at least a solid $700+ *gulp*

 

I guess it comes down to the new iPhone or HD650s now...:confused:

post #17427 of 18964

dv336se....delicious...

 

post #17428 of 18964
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Originally Posted by Xeculus View Post

I guess it comes down to the new iPhone or HD650s now...:confused:

 

If it helps, the new iPhone will become obsolete within two years. The HD650s will easily last five years or more.

post #17429 of 18964
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If it helps, the new iPhone will become obsolete within two years. The HD650s will easily last five years or more.

 

A valid point. I'm gonna go check out a local hi-fi shop this weekend and give them a listen. It'll actually be my first time listening to anything of that caliber so needless to say I'm pretty excited. 

 

Will report back on my thoughts. 

post #17430 of 18964
I got a used pair of eBay in great condition for about $250. I fully recommend the Bottlehead Crack. For its price, it's leagues ahead. For a DAC, I'm just running the Fiio E7 so don't yet know how much difference an upgrade will make there.
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