Originally Posted by pp312
I wonder if you could enlarge on that. Drove your phones very badly in what way? The C372 is a quality unit and it's unlikely NAD have neglected its HP out so your impressions are relevant in comparison to the very different findings of other posters--including, I see, one other with a C372.
Well, here is my elaboration.
FYI, I'm currently using C372 with a pair of Totem Rainmaker and it drives them beautifully. Other components are Arcam Diva73 (CDP), Audioquest Colorado interconnect, and Hovland Mainline ac cord with Wattgate on both ends. I'm really love the sound and synergy with my speaker set.
Actually, the amp drives my AKG decently, but it's not as good with Senn 650.
This is what I experienced when using C372 with the Senn:
- bloated bass
- lack of quality treble (roll off and lack of sparkle)
- a bit muddy mid.
When I first switched to a dedicated head-amp my dad made for studio monitoring, I found that, though it's cheap and wasn’t made with audiophile in mind, it drove my Senn somewhat better than C372 (better bass, a bit better treble).
However, things changed like night and day when I switched to DV332, especially when tubes upgrade taken into account.
I don’t know why my experience with C372 is different than you guys'. Another note is I have two separate sets for my speaker and headphone setup, but my Senn sounds way, way better with DV332, although other components are of inferior quality than those connected to my C372 (Rotel RCD-06 -VS- Arcam Diva73; Audioquest Columbia -VS- Colorado; and Supra Lorad -VS- Hovland).
Has anyone tried using his Senn or AKG or other difficult-to-drive- phones with C372 (or other model)?