First post after lurking here for quite a while - this place can be really intimidating, so please go easy on me if any of what follows belies laughable ignorance. But I need some good advice.
I am planning to add a pair of a HE6s to my collection of headphones for use in my man cave when the kids are asleep (oh, the joys of fatherhood!). And I have been ploughing through this thread and others, agonising about what to do about driving these headphones (I have an IFI ICan for less demanding cans, and that works for me). I have been thinking about all the relatively low budget options for driving the HE6 (Topping TP60, Alesis RA-150, for example) as interim solutions before committing any more serious money to amplification for the HE6. I also have a couple of other amps lying around (Marantz PM66SE K I Sig, Arcam A85, Pioneer VS-AX5i) I could press into service for a while. But then I had a lightbulb moment.
I have a Musical Fidelity A1008 Integrated Amp in the room in question. I love it, and its as about as audiophile as I am prepared to get for now. My main speakers are wired to that amp. But what if I could also connect the HIFIMAN HE adaptor to that amp, and then use it to drive my HE-6s. With the amp able to push 250w RMS into 8 ohms, I am assuming the adaptor would ensure I don't blow the HE6s up provided I am careful with the amp volume control.
I don't want to have to get into pulling the speaker bananas out and putting in the set connected to the Hifiman adaptor. And the A1008 only has one set of speaker outputs. So I need some kind of switch between the two outputs, bearing in mind that I would never have cause to be using the speakers and the HE adaptor at the same time. A bit of research throws up this...
...which at first glance looks good to me, even though it allows simultaneous use of two sets of "speakers" which I certainly do not need. But this raises several questions:
1. Would the switch in conjunction with the HE adaptor create risks of damaging my amp if you accidentally selected both outputs to be operative at once?
2. Would the switch degrade the audio performance of the outputs?
3. If the answer to either of the above is yes, is there another solution beyond physically swapping banana plugs at the back of the A1008?
4. Anyone have any views on how good the A1008----->HE adaptor----->HE6 combo would sound?
Thanks for any responses, and for the endurance required to reading this long post!!
Or you can use the adaptator from ERGO AMT