Originally Posted by szanella
Just pulled the trigger on a HE-6 (finally!)!
Currently, I've been using as main rig a HE500 with the couple Audio-GD NFB 6 (amp) and NFB 17 (dac).
Now, I'm seriously thinking about ordering an Audio-GD Reference 10 to use with the new toy.
What do you think of this Amp+DAC?
Is it a great match for the HE-6 at the $1,850 range? Is there any better choice around this price range?
I'm honestly lost in the middle of many options, and was aiming at the Ref 10 because I've had a good experience with the NFBs.
Help me choose my new path, please! hehehe
Cheers from Brazil
Well, this is what I would do, assuming this is for the HE-6 only and no other headphones. Well I'll include the HE-500s as well.
I would go the Master 10 or the Master 3 route. With these Master series amps, the power supplies and transformers are much better than the ones in his headphones amps. That is my opinion not a fact.
There are a few draw backs though..
With the Master 10 you lose the DAC, so you would have to get a separate DAC. This amp will already have volume control included.
With the Master 3 you lose the DAC and the volume control, so you have to get a DAC with a volume control included. Or a separate DAC and pre amp.
I've heard the Master 3 with the HE-6s - Let me tell you. Very good pairing. Very intimate, warm, very good bass, and nicely tamed treble. If I didn't already have my F1J or couldn't find one. This is the amp I would get. The way he put his focus on the PSU and Transformers fits right into the HE-6s hands. A better and more sustainable current draw. Just what the doctor ordered.
So if you're a Audio-GD person and looking to match a amp with the HE-6s - there you go.