post #16 of 38
2/10/07 at 2:58pm
Personally, I don't enjoy a "warm" sound. I enjoyed my HD595's with my Corda Aria. It cleaned up some of the bass and refined the higher frequencies. I can't say it was worth the ~$350 I paid, but as I added a second and third can to my arsenal, the Aria became very worth it (once I got my K701's). The Hd595's benifited from an amp, but not enough at the cost of the Aria for me.
If you're looking to add a little warmth to the Hd595's to closer match it's brethren, the HD580 and HD6x0's, then an amp is very worth it.
If/when Davesrose responds, he'll tell you it was definitely worth it. You should search for his posts of his HD595's paired with his DAC1 and Singlepower PPX3 Slam and Musichall Maverik CDP. He details the improvements he experienced with that setup as well as a few other people at a meet he went to.
Amp if you are using the line out of the ipod. and do not use anything less than at least a headfive because anything less will not really improve them much. I like the meier crossfeed too. I still flip it on and off here and there to hear more separated detail but find that i prefer to leave crossfeed on with my 595s most of the time. Hey maybe a singlepower or something of that nature will kick arse with the 595. Haven't heard the combo though