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post #9601 of 19554
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Magni, E9K?

 

+1 good suggestions for those on a budget. 

post #9602 of 19554
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

 

 

As Wazzupi said, this was a coupon code intended for Best Buy employees as a dealer accommodation, and not a black friday code.  That's why it was killed so quickly.  You got a great deal, though we likely won't see that again!

yep ^. 

post #9603 of 19554

  To Whom it may interest:

 

    I am the very happy owner of a roughly 5 year old pair of 650's, and have enjoyed reading this thread very much.  Being a former french horn player and continuing avid audiophile, I have a great deal of appreciation for the natural, mid-hall timbre/lushness that the 650's present.  (This being further reinforced by my recent purchase of a pair of V-Moda M-100's for durable, portable music listening, if not frequency output accuracy...)...  :-(  ...

 

    That said, I have driven my 650's with a 15+ year old "Traveller"(?) Headroom semi-portable amplifier...normally plugged into reg. 110v wall outlet.  After reading about so many great amp/headphone pairings now available for the 650's, I would like to take a further plunge.  Last year I broke down an purchased a Schiit Bifrost for both my main stereo system as well as these cans.  I have debated between the Schiit Asgard, Lyr or even the Mjolnir, (the last necessitating rewiring of course), as well as even considering upgrading to the Gungnir in order to extract the last little bit, (pun intended), out of the Mjolnir/650 combo), with genuine future aspirations of owning a pair of Audeze "2's" or "3's"... 

 

    My main question(s) is/are what/how much of an audible difference can I expect to experience with the purchase of at least one of those amps, (if not a better D/A converter), and where is the best bang for the buck?...yes, I realize that this is a subjective question/answer, and welcome any and all input.  Yes, I love the lushness of the 650's, and do not wish to forfeit that, but would like to improve on any and all qualities they possess.  Ultimately, I would like to own even more extended headphones...hence the Audeze interest.  BTW, what positive effect, if any, does balanced cabling/amplification have on the 650's?

 

  Thank you in advance.

 

Sincerely,

T.A. Kogstrom              

post #9604 of 19554

You'll need to decide on a budget and proceed from there. If you have the money, go for the pie in the sky Mjonir and Gungnir and be done. For me, I bought a used lyr and bifrost and have no plans to change ever!! This combo is a wonderful pairing and is the top of my budget and I'm not interested in chasing that last 5% tbh. 

 

My enjoyment from this setup with a new pair of Orange Globe tubes is just off the charts. So for once in this hobby, I couldn't be happier. biggrin.gif

post #9605 of 19554
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Magni, E9K?

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

+1 good suggestions for those on a budget. 

Interesting...i never knew Schiit made budget amps. Last I checked all their stuff were like $250-500, way out of my price range.  Hmm...a $100 amp would be nice, but I am still very new to these stuff.  Would the Magni amp alone suffice, or would I have to get the Modi as well?  My setup 95% of the time will be my PC --> soon to be replaced fiio e10 --> D2000 / HD 650

 

I use Foobar and Google Music mainly.  The other 5% will be just straight from my Samsung Galaxy Nexus using Google Music.

I was originally planning on saving up for the e17....missed the $99 BF deal for it, but from what I read this Schiit is much more reliable (pun intended) lol


Edited by thinh4u2 - 12/17/12 at 12:51pm
post #9606 of 19554
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Originally Posted by wazzupi View Post

so I'm looking for speakers that have the similar sound signature to my hd650's anyone like to help me out on such a venture lol. 


Speakers and headphones are apples and oranges (to use a cliched term).

 

Also, speakers range in price even more so than headphones, but if you're looking for some awesome sounding speakers that wont break the bank and sound similar to the darker, laid back sound of the HD650 I'd take a look at the Paradigm Atom. I own a set and I'll never get rid of them (except maybe for an upgraded version) I've yet to read a negative review and they are often compared to speakers that are hundreds and sometimes thousands more in price. They remind me of the HD650 a bit when I'm playing music on them in my living room. Rich, enveloping sound.

post #9607 of 19554

  Dear wazzupi:

 

    My dedicated stereo system chain consists, (in part), of an Audio Research LS-3 pre-amp, a Marchand Electronics XM44-2 Crossover, x-over point 60 Hz., an Aragon 4004 Amplifier, driving a pair of Lipinski Sound L-7 monitor speakers...and a Schiit Bifrost doing the D/A conversion whenever necessary.  (Audio chain provided to simply give you an idea of how the signal might be affected by the time it is launched out of the speakers). 

 

    I must tell you that these Lipinski monitors do a very remarkable job of mimicking the sound of my 650's..., but of course provide better depth/imaging, and perhaps provide a touch more detail...however, the overall presentation and timber is remarkably similar...only drawback might be they could set you back the cost of a pair of Stax flagship cans...

 

    Hope that helps in your quest...

 

Peace/Namste,

T.A. Kogstrom  

post #9608 of 19554
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Originally Posted by Synergist969 View Post

  Dear wazzupi:

 

    My dedicated stereo system chain consists, (in part), of an Audio Research LS-3 pre-amp, a Marchand Electronics XM44-2 Crossover, x-over point 60 Hz., an Aragon 4004 Amplifier, driving a pair of Lipinski Sound L-7 monitor speakers...and a Schiit Bifrost doing the D/A conversion whenever necessary.  (Audio chain provided to simply give you an idea of how the signal might be affected by the time it is launched out of the speakers). 

 

    I must tell you that these Lipinski monitors do a very remarkable job of mimicking the sound of my 650's..., but of course provide better depth/imaging, and perhaps provide a touch more detail...however, the overall presentation and timber is remarkably similar...only drawback might be they could set you back the cost of a pair of Stax flagship cans...

 

    Hope that helps in your quest...

 

Peace/Namste,

T.A. Kogstrom  

thank you for your input it seems I would have to save a lot of money for such a setup...

post #9609 of 19554

HD 650 works well, if not better, on tube amps. I saw several good comments on Schiit Valhalla amp.  

 

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Originally Posted by Synergist969 View Post

  To Whom it may interest:

 

    I am the very happy owner of a roughly 5 year old pair of 650's, and have enjoyed reading this thread very much.  Being a former french horn player and continuing avid audiophile, I have a great deal of appreciation for the natural, mid-hall timbre/lushness that the 650's present.  (This being further reinforced by my recent purchase of a pair of V-Moda M-100's for durable, portable music listening, if not frequency output accuracy...)...  :-(  ...

 

    That said, I have driven my 650's with a 15+ year old "Traveller"(?) Headroom semi-portable amplifier...normally plugged into reg. 110v wall outlet.  After reading about so many great amp/headphone pairings now available for the 650's, I would like to take a further plunge.  Last year I broke down an purchased a Schiit Bifrost for both my main stereo system as well as these cans.  I have debated between the Schiit Asgard, Lyr or even the Mjolnir, (the last necessitating rewiring of course), as well as even considering upgrading to the Gungnir in order to extract the last little bit, (pun intended), out of the Mjolnir/650 combo), with genuine future aspirations of owning a pair of Audeze "2's" or "3's"... 

 

    My main question(s) is/are what/how much of an audible difference can I expect to experience with the purchase of at least one of those amps, (if not a better D/A converter), and where is the best bang for the buck?...yes, I realize that this is a subjective question/answer, and welcome any and all input.  Yes, I love the lushness of the 650's, and do not wish to forfeit that, but would like to improve on any and all qualities they possess.  Ultimately, I would like to own even more extended headphones...hence the Audeze interest.  BTW, what positive effect, if any, does balanced cabling/amplification have on the 650's?

 

  Thank you in advance.

 

Sincerely,

T.A. Kogstrom              

post #9610 of 19554
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Originally Posted by FER-URUGUAY View Post

How much did you pay (total cost) for them in Amazon France?

 

I bought it at 237 euro, very good price.

post #9611 of 19554
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I bought it at 237 euro, very good price.

Is that.. new? If so you got it for $180eek.gif and that would be a stunning deal for used also. 

post #9612 of 19554
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Is that.. new? If so you got it for $180:eek:  and that would be a stunning deal for used also. 
no thats $311.89. still a good deal if new!
post #9613 of 19554
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

no thats $311.89. still a good deal if new!

Damn money converter! 

post #9614 of 19554
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Originally Posted by wazzupi View Post

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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

As Wazzupi said, this was a coupon code intended for Best Buy employees as a dealer accommodation, and not a black friday code.  That's why it was killed so quickly.  You got a great deal, though we likely won't see that again!
yep ^. 

I didn't realize that, sweet! I posted the code into the deals thread (it was PM'd to me) after getting permission, and at least one other Head-fier was able to use it successfully.
post #9615 of 19554

I got a pair at the beginning of 2011 for $320 new, I called the same place today and they said something about Sennheiser and some kind of red tape and the best they could do was $379.  Can't seem to find any acceptable used deals either.  One guy wanted $305 for just the headphones with no cable.  

 

I think I'm gonna target the HD600 instead, it seems to depreciate at a different (more reasonable) rate than HD650s for some reason.

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