Originally Posted by jpelg
I wanted to try the Earmax Silver Edition with the DT880/600's. It's a beautiful piece of kit, but despite the sweet tone, it's not cutting the mustard in the power department.
Both are still burning in, but the volume pot on the Earmax is averaging between 2 & 4 o'clock (starts at 7, ends at 5) depending on the recording. Don't think I'm getting the best out of these Beyers with the max 50 mW output of this amp, despite the better PS & tubes over the standard model. A lower-than-average (1.5V) output source doesn't help.
I may have to try another direction.
Yeah. 50mW isn't a lot. The "weakest" of my tube amps outputs 100mW at 600 ohms.
Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT
BTW, 600Ohm DT880 are much smoother than 250 Ohm counterpart up to the point of blurring some details, warming them up more with tubes will just exacerbate this.
I agree that the 600 ohm cans are smoother. However, it's far from the case that all tube amps are warmer sounding than SS amps. That's an old stereotype. Some tube amps are, but others are not. The SS Phoenix, for example, is warmer and "smoother" than my Singlepower Extreme, which seems almost bright by comparison.
As always, it's a case of specific synergies - trying to say the 600 ohm Beyers work better with tube amps vs. SS is dangerous, and I have been guilty of this generalization myself. The truth is that some specific amps work well; others do not.