In searching for a headphone amp/preamp to replace an E-MU 0404usb I decided that if I am going to spend lots of money then I should not settle for anything that just has great sound quality - it should also have great features.
The NAD C 165BEE ($899.00 new or $699.00 refurbished) has great features not usually found in headphone amp/pre-amp units:
1. When you plug in the headphones it turns the pre-amp outs off. (very useful when using powered studio monitors).
2. It has a remote.
3. Bass and treble controls which can also be bypassed for purer sound when not needed.
Here is all I have found of the headphone specs:
Maximum Output level: Headphones >7 V into 600 ohm, >2 V into 32 ohm
Headphone Output Impedance: 10 Ohms.
"NAD has also improved the headphone amplifying circuit to better drive studio quality high impedance headphones."
Can anybody make any educated guesses on it's headphone capabilities by those specs?
Anyone with direct experience of this unit that could comment on how it sounds with specific headphones?
Any other units out there that I should be considering?
I currently am using Fostex T50RP headphones but am planning on also getting new headphones (and DAC) at same time as amp. Currently leaning towards Senn HD650 and/or 600 Ohm Beyer or even one of the new orthos out lately...
Thanks in advance for any comments.
Edited by runswithaliens - 9/26/10 at 9:18am