I've been parsing a ton of reviews and boards for information on the best way to go with these headphones / amps and I'm still not sure what the best option is.
I'm looking to go for either the DT880's, the HD600 or HD650s. I was really looking into the AKG k701s, but numerous reviews turned me away based on the poor comfort of the head band.
Now I'm trying to decide which amp I should get to power one of these. I jumped the gun (bad late night impulse decision) and ordered the NuForce uDac based on the recommendations with the AKG k701s, but since reading more I realize some people consider the paring of that amp to be poor with the phones I'm considering (I can still return the uDac). Then, I discovered the Maverick D1 which looks great (although apparently the headphone out uses the solid state channel only which is a bummer). Now I'm so mixed up on which way to go.
The DT880's seem way more confortable than the HD600/650s, and that's an important factor, but I hear the DT880's can be harsh and fatiguing on the highs. I also read that the D1 pairs poorly with the DT880's and results in too harsh of a sound. Then there's the question of which model of the DT880s to get - 32Ohm, 250Ohm or 600Ohm? Could any of these amps handle the DTs after 32Ohm? Would I really notice a difference on the 32 vs the 250 vs the 600Ohm models? The universal chant seems to be "get the 600Ohm," but that sounds like I'd need to get a way more expensive amp option then the uDac or the D1.
Honestly I really want to get the DT880s based on looks and comfort, but don't want to make the wrong decision if I can't get them amped properly without spending too much money or if they'll ended up causing fatigue. I really don't want to spend more than $200 on the DAC/Amp.
Any sage advice?
Edited by zachberry - 7/29/10 at 9:52pm