I know it is cliche, but help me please?
I've got a situation here. I thought I was knowledgeable about this stuff. But a few minutes here on Head-Fi and all my thoughts got jumbled.
So I recently got all these phones: M50, AD700, and MS1. Low impedance: 38, 32 and 32 ohms respectively IIRC. So initial thoughts and research: no need for an amp, these are easy to drive.
But... Got to thinking and reading some more, and I liked the idea that anything can be helped by an amp. It makes sense too, I've seen car audio go from practically nothing to pretty clear and precise (for car audio anyways)...
I guess I'm trying to say I read something about low impedance phones doing better with a high quality low voltage high current amplifier. Instead of creating this thread right away, I spent hours (from about 9 PM to 1:30 AM) reading to see if I could find something to suit my needs. Well... Nothing really showed up that shouted out to me.
Many people suggested the PA2V2 (I think that's what it's called) for the MS1 but this is portable and I do NOT want a portable amp. I will only be using this in my home, won't be taking any of these phones on the run. AD700 had practically no recommendations. Most say the same about the M50 not needing one. So I am stumped.
Looked up Little Dot stuff. Doesn't seem to be reliable (where do you buy, official seller, official site all seem to be questions on my mind). Looked up iBasso, those all look to be portable. Looked up Gilmore Lite (not in production any longer can't go that route). And that's really too bad because it seemed the most reasonable to me! Looked up Woo Audio but they're cheapest price is a little much I think and it doesn't even look like it has a 1/4" headphone out. Is HeadRoom any good?
Anyways, amp/DAC is okay for recommendations. I'm just so clueless. The headphones seem to be easier to understand, but the amps confuse me.
Also, I am looking to maybe purchase these three headphones in the future (long while down the road): D2000, DT770 PRO 80 ohms, and Ultrasone HFI780.
So if I could wrap up a buy that would support those phones later on and help out the phones I have now, then I could feel better knowing I've stepped up my listening experience a bit more for now and later. :)
I don't know about budget yet, I'll have to decide that later. Also looking into a SACD player right now.
Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out!