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Amp Recomendations in the $250-$300 range please.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am looking for some recomendations for amps in this price range for Sennheiser HD600 for home use only. Not a portable.

I have seen a number of posts regarding these cans, but don't always see the amounts mentioned.

Considered the Gilmour v2 DIY Kit for $350, but don't think I am up for that type of project yet.

Here are some that I have looked at so far:

Headroom Little - $260
I am hoping that I can do a little better than this.

Creek OBH-11 - $200 or less
Has an output, but my budget will allow for a little more if there are better options.

Meta-42 - Don't know much about it other than it seems to a popular portable. Can it be constructed as a good non-battery powered home amp as well? Price?

Melos SHA-1 - saw on another thread - "There are some killer deals on the Melos SHA-1 these days. That's an interesting option as well."
I am not familiar with the Melos - How much does it run, and where is it sold online?

Rega Ear - $225

X-can V2

My listening tastes include primarily classic rock and orchestra/classical with some jazz and blues thrown in occasionally. Also, would like an output, but not essential.

Thanks for any info, Snow.

EDIT to add a couple more options.
post #2 of 13
what about the mg head ? according to the owners, it matches really well the HD600.
post #3 of 13
I find the Rega Ear to be excellent with classical and other acoustic music, given its synergy with the HD 580/600. Can be a little unforgiving of any flaws in pop/rock recordings. Has a set of line level RCA outputs, and a mute button to disable/enable it. At $225 is is below your budget target.
post #4 of 13
Snow,

I had a Meta-42 constucted by Tangent. You should be aware that not all Meta-42s are the same. They can vary widely in the specific components used, the price they cost, and their resulting performance. I am extremely happy with my amp which I had pretty much maxed out and optimized for use with a power supply (i.e. not battery powered). I use my amp at work with my HD600s and I am very happy with the results.

The down side with having an amp custom made is that you may have a long wait. The most popular makers often have long waiting lists.

Here is the configuration of my amp:

META42 v2 board
AD843KN op-amp (2)
EL2002CN rail-splitter buffer
2x stack EL2002CN output buffer (2 sets)
Panasonic ECQP signal-path capacitors
ELNA Cerafine 470uF bulk power reservoir caps (4)
Wima MKS-2 10uF fast power reservoir caps (2)
Vishay-Dale RN55C 1% metal film resistors
ALPS Blue Velvet potentiometer
Modified Linkwitz crossfeed, 3 settings
Cardas CTFA RCA input jacks
Neutrik NJ3FP6C-BAG 1/4" locking output jack
Switchcraft 1/8" output jacks

Zurg
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Do any of the amps listed above (or others in this price range) have a cross-feed, and how important is a cross-feed. What kind of an improvement will I notice with it?

Right now, my top canidates appear to be:

Rega Ear
Creek OHB-11
Headroom Little

How much do tubes generally cost for those amps that are tube based, and are they easily replaceable? Do they just plug in? Anything else I need to know regarding tubes?

Thanks again, Snow
post #6 of 13
Welcome to Head-fi! And YGPM!
post #7 of 13
If you can throw in a little more I have a Reality amp for sale, in a few more days I am getting a pair of Amperex tubes but I may increase the price a little as well. The overall sound of it can basically blow away every one you listed here.
post #8 of 13
I'm pleased with my X-Cans V2...it seems to capture a level of detail without harshness that a couple of other solid state amps I've tried (Creek OBH 11, Headroom Little) couldn't quite do.
post #9 of 13
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If you can throw in a little more I have a Reality amp for sale, in a few more days I am getting a pair of Amperex tubes but I may increase the price a little as well. The overall sound of it can basically blow away every one you listed here.
I'd agree with that, but he also listed the Melos SHA-1...

post #10 of 13
Im going to second the reccomendation for an Antique Sound Labs MG Head... There is someone in the buy/sell forums selling it for under $250 right now i beileve.. A bit over your bidget but well worth it...

The synergy between the mg and hd600's is well known here... Do a quick search and you'll be amazed at how often it is reccomended.
post #11 of 13
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Im going to second the reccomendation for an Antique Sound Labs MG Head... There is someone in the buy/sell forums selling it for under $250 right now i beileve..
Sorry - I snatched up this amp from kheldar - finally an amp for my 600's! Can't wait to get this!

-dd3mon
post #12 of 13
Do a search on Melos SHA-1. There's plenty of info here. Great amp, uses tubes but it's a hybrid tube/ss design.

Melos will drive any cans (some even report success with K1000) any impedence so power/compatibility is not a problem if you switch phones. 0 ohm output jack. Probably cost you more like $400 but worth it.

Mark
post #13 of 13
I deffinatly agree with the MG-Head, its a great amp. I just home i dont miss it too much once its replacement comes... It is amazing with the Senn 600's, and almost as good with the AKG 501's

And its one of the most aesthetic amps, it matters to some people more then others, but I will probably miss the warm red glow late at nite =)
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