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post #9256 of 19545

The hd650 was a variation of the hd600, the hd600 being more 'neutral'.

post #9257 of 19545
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

Just as an aside...... I am looking to purchase a desktop amp and posibly DAC to use with the HD650. I have seen a lot on here about the Schiit Lyr and Bitfrost (both of which I have on my wishlist when funds and a UK distributor arrives).....but other than those can anybody recommend anything else, I was potentially thinking of the following if anyone can comment:

 

ALO PanAm and possibly the standalone power supply

 

Little Dot III - Mainly because it has RCA in and so I could connect my DIY Modded iPod directly to it.

The ALO PanAm is a good match for the HD650 for my ears. It has power aplenty, and the sound is warm and full, with a good bottom end. I didn't compare the PanAm to the Lyr but did compare it to a Valhalla which, didn't sound as full or powerful then the PanAm. And the PanAm has a built in 24/96 DAC which also sounds pretty good. However, it is fairly expensive, especially once you start adding the power and battery units.

 

I have a Little Dot MkIII, and for the price, it's hard to beat. It is at least the equal, if not slightly better after upgrading the tubes, to the Valhalla to my ears. Like a lot of others have mentioned, the HD650 can scale up, and for the moment, I'd rather put more money to a better DAC.

post #9258 of 19545

I just received the audioquest victoria cable with the 72v dbs, i've listened 10mins through them, I want to say it does sound different I just can't quite put my finger on what it is, I want to say it gives a fuller sound and as if there is more air to the music. But I think I need to get adjusted to have a better understanding also my dog keeps bothering me while Im trying to listen GRR LOL. but I'll recap as this is just a first impression oh and my setup is dragonfly>victoria(cheapo cable before)>o2 amp>stock cable>hd650 I was wondering if anyone could help me pick out a cable for my hd650's I am interested in the toxic cables silver plated copper or silver cable ? thanks :P. 

post #9259 of 19545
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Originally Posted by wazzupi View Post

I just received the audioquest victoria cable with the 72v dbs, i've listened 10mins through them, I want to say it does sound different I just can't quite put my finger on what it is, I want to say it gives a fuller sound and as if there is more air to the music. But I think I need to get adjusted to have a better understanding also my dog keeps bothering me while Im trying to listen GRR LOL. but I'll recap as this is just a first impression oh and my setup is dragonfly>victoria(cheapo cable before)>o2 amp>stock cable>hd650 I was wondering if anyone could help me pick out a cable for my hd650's I am interested in the toxic cables silver plated copper or silver cable ? thanks :P. 

 

Toxic Cable Silver Poison's just sing with the 650's!

post #9260 of 19545

^^ I don't believe you. Loan me your cable and let me verify this. wink.gif

post #9261 of 19545

LOL matt are you talking to both of us ? 

post #9262 of 19545
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

I nearly bought a pair of HE-400 today to try against my new HD650....just to be sure and make sure I had made the right decision. I managed to stop myself at the last minute confused_face(1).gif I would like to try a pair, but still just really worried about the additional wieght / size and also reliability to a certain extent.

 

I must say though I am really impressed with my HD650.....I've read a lot of reviews from people saying they lack bass, but I must say I havent heard that yet......the bass just seems to be right for my listening preferences and female vocals are just so...hmmmmm.

 

Currently listening to Paloma Faith's Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? via Spotify Premium and it sounds amazing as does Adels' 21!!

 

Just as an aside...... I am looking to purchase a desktop amp and posibly DAC to use with the HD650. I have seen a lot on here about the Schiit Lyr and Bitfrost (both of which I have on my wishlist when funds and a UK distributor arrives).....but other than those can anybody recommend anything else, I was potentially thinking of the following if anyone can comment:

 

ALO PanAm and possibly the standalone power supply

 

Little Dot III - Mainly because it has RCA in and so I could connect my DIY Modded iPod directly to it.

 

Cheers


I currently use the HD650 + Pan Am + Gateway combo and the setup works great for me, but then again, this is my first good setup so I dont have much to compare it to.  I dont think the Gateway makes much difference, but I've only listened to these with the Gateway for a week, and now without it for another as I'm away from home, so it'll take quite a bit more time for me to spot differences, if any exist.

post #9263 of 19545
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Originally Posted by wazzupi View Post

I just received the audioquest victoria cable with the 72v dbs, i've listened 10mins through them, I want to say it does sound different I just can't quite put my finger on what it is, I want to say it gives a fuller sound and as if there is more air to the music. But I think I need to get adjusted to have a better understanding also my dog keeps bothering me while Im trying to listen GRR LOL. but I'll recap as this is just a first impression oh and my setup is dragonfly>victoria(cheapo cable before)>o2 amp>stock cable>hd650 I was wondering if anyone could help me pick out a cable for my hd650's I am interested in the toxic cables silver plated copper or silver cable ? thanks :P. 

 

I have AQ DragonFly>AQ Victoria(3.5-RCA)>NuForce HAP-100.  Currently not HD-650's, but the rest of the setup is great!  The Victoria is phenomenal!  So clean and quiet.  Listening to Momentum's right now.  

post #9264 of 19545

speaker do you work at best buy ? LOL <.< nvm I know best buy sold nu force stuff but they don't sell that amp :P but they sell everything else you listed :). 


Edited by wazzupi - 12/6/12 at 2:54pm
post #9265 of 19545

^^ Now that's funny...biggrin.gif

post #9266 of 19545

I know you'll all want to punch me for this, but I don't think it's all that hard to get these to sound good.

Of course, no way ever i'd suggest them without a good desktop amp/dac.

 

I actually think they do just fine with the lowly Airhead and my Ipod with LOD cable.

 

On my main amp they don't even need high gain and volume is only at 25%. I know this doesn't matter much and i'd still buy a nice amp for them.

 

There is still an easily noticeable difference between my amps with them.

 

I repaired my Ipod Video 5.5g I destroyed and it sounds pretty good with the HD-650 using a Fiio L11(LOD) to Airhead. This 5.5 seems a lot warmer than my other Ipods (Touch 2G).

Haven't noticed much difference other than this. The Ipod 3G (monochrome!) actually sounds a bit better to me, but it only has a 15gb hard drive and requires a Firewire cable to charge it!

Using rockbox and FLAC files with both.

 

For whatever reason, the 650 and my DJ100 sound clearer with Ipods than my Fuze and Clip+. Your guess why is as good as mine...

 

How come portables always have such a pathetic soundstage size..yeah I know it's mostly in the recording and all, but it's always too small.

 

Ugh...if you can believe it I've been using my HD-650 for a week from portable devices..too much work and can't use my main setup with them.

 

BTW I 100% agree that they benefit from amp/dac upgrades more than the 598 and HD-600. Really weird and i'll never figure out why exactly normal_smile%20.gif

post #9267 of 19545

what best amp+dac can I get for roughly ~$300?

post #9268 of 19545

^^ You're right...I want to punch you. tongue.gif

post #9269 of 19545
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Originally Posted by cdahdude View Post

what best amp+dac can I get for roughly ~$300?

 

ODAC+O2. Their designer owns the HD-650 and used it for testing his designs.

post #9270 of 19545

Yulong U100 had a good synergy with HD650. It will make the sound more lively

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