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Originally Posted by littlexsparkee View Post

I'm pairing my HD600 with a Tungsol 12AX7 and I like the sound. Is there a particular tube that has synergy with the HD600? I'm using the Bellari HA540 amplifier, which is rather unknown, so I guess it would be hard for you guys to say...

I have a Bellari 540 and the best sounding tube to my ears with the 600/650s is the Valvo 12ax7. That 540 was one of my first tube amps and I have tried a multitude of tubes with it.

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Can anyone comment on good pairings with DIY amps?  The Crack and, of course, Beta 22 have come up.  Are there any others?  I've been looking at the SOHA II. 

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The Crack seems to be very well received with the hd650 can't go wrong there.

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Originally Posted by Crispy808 View Post

Can anyone comment on good pairings with DIY amps?  The Crack and, of course, Beta 22 have come up.  Are there any others?  I've been looking at the SOHA II. 

 

 

OMG - the Beta 22 is the bomb with the HD650s - that's the amp I always use with them.  

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I read in that thread about the Emotiva mini-X a-100 that it rivaled the B22, at least with HE-6s...man i wanna try one of these babies!
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I read in that thread about the Emotiva mini-X a-100 that it rivaled the B22, at least with HE-6s...man i wanna try one of these babies!

 

 

Grab one now - only $179..  Can't beat it.

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

I have a Bellari 540 and the best sounding tube to my ears with the 600/650s is the Valvo 12ax7. That 540 was one of my first tube amps and I have tried a multitude of tubes with it.

The Bellari is great. I really had no idea what to expect but I'm glad I went for it. The only thing I don't like is that blinding blue light when it's turned on! There's virtually no noise though and I rarely turn the volume up more than 1/4 of the way.

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

OMG - the Beta 22 is the bomb with the HD650s - that's the amp I always use with them.  

 

How much did your build run?  This amp seems like it would just about drive anything which is what I'm shooting for.

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

The Crack seems to be very well received with the hd650 can't go wrong there.

Reading through this thread, it seems very popular.  But as I mentioned above, I am looking for an all purpose amp.  From what I've read, it seems to work best with high impedance HP's?
 

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Originally Posted by Crispy808 View Post

 

How much did your build run?  This amp seems like it would just about drive anything which is what I'm shooting for.

 

 

What's your budget?

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

What's your budget?


$500.

 

Edit: Unless it's worth it to spend more.


Edited by Crispy808 - 11/29/12 at 4:24pm
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$500 is a hard spot to work with.  for a few hundred more the mojo I hear is a good one.  Or might want to look into this:   Emotiva mini-X a-100


Edited by preproman - 11/29/12 at 5:19pm
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I love when someone says that that they have a budget of xx dollars but that they will spend more if necessary!! You know that you have a dedicated headfier there...
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I love when someone says that that they have a budget of xx dollars but that they will spend more if necessary!! You know that you have a dedicated headfier there...

LOL yep 

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Anyone have a perfect portable setup for these? I mean to use around the house that's cheap.

Today was a major fail for me in trying to do this.

 

Whenever I tried it seemed that someone had taken my nice soundstage and smashed it all together into a big congested mess. Strangely enough the treble seemed to be lacking more than normal (portable method).

Severe loss of detail, kind of muffled and almost boring. Basically it felt that my HD-650 would have lost out to my poor DJ100 (not a fair match) in every area.

 

I tried all of these without much luck:

 

Sansa Clip+ to Total Airhead. Ok.

Clip+ to E11...awful

Ipod Touch by LOD to E11/Airhead. Even better.

 

Despite sounding fairly good, it sounds clearer straight from the Clip+. I get lots of crackling though sometimes.

 

I think this is the rare example where using the headphone out on the Clip+ to amp actually craps up the sound a bit. This occurs for me on like zero other headphones.

I spent about an hour trying to find my old Sansa Fuze so I can try it's Line Out. The idea of buying a Fuze+ makes me sick.

 

Best result I got was Ipod Classic 2G (B&W) to Airhead.

 

Switching from Airhead to the E9 or Headroom Micro is such a huge difference. It's clear that I'm getting enough volume, but the HD-650 is still complaining about something.

 

I guess expecting the sound of the ODAC+Micro Amp in a portable setup is asking too much. This is actually one of the best sounding headphones i've ever heard with that setup.

Crystal clear sounding, not too forgiving(!), quite detailed and still fatigue free mostly. Soundstage impresses me the most, but with a portable setup..not a chance.

 

Maybe I need a portable player that's even more powerful along with maybe a CMOY or something. You'd think the Airhead would be more than enough.

With the same setup my Q701 sounds better. On the main setup, they're pretty even so far. Just different signatures.

 

Man and I thought my DJ100 was picky about amps and DACs. It seems the HD-650 and Q701 are two headphones that really prefer a nice computer DAC and desktop amp.

The HD-650 might have the edge. I can't understand why the 580 sounds so amazing with the Airhead and the same players, but the 650 is so much worse. Very strange.

 

Note: still sounds good, but just not the same.

 

Oh yeah, I have a Cown Iaudio 7. Maybe i'll try that.

 

After using the ODAC, it's really hard to want to go back to ever using portable players. No I don't use my HD-650 in public, but it's kind of nice to use while wandering around the house.

 

I also just found a portable CD player with a line out. Should be interesting to try..

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Anyone have a perfect portable setup for these?......

 

You'll most likely want a portable amp that has some real power to it.  Fiio's upcoming E12 or iBasso's D6 are a few examples of portables that have the extra gusto to power the HD650.

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