Originally Posted by Intjmastermind
I'm currently running my Sennherise HD650 from a Nuforce uDAC-2. The uDAC-2 is rated to 300 Ohms, and the HD650's sound really good from them. :)
Would adding a discreet amp to this setup make a significant improvement? I've never tried big amps, so I don't know what I'm missing, or even if I'm missing anything.
I was thinking: Computer (USB) --> uDAC-2 (RCA line out) --> Schiit Asgard --> HD650
I use uDAC2 > Asgard > HD600 and it sounds great.
The HD600's are very neutral cans and can sound a bit boring unless they are powered adequately - the Asgard provides more musical texture and soundstage than just the uDAC2 headphone outs [although these are superb for a portable amp].
The uDAC2/Asgard combo is also dynamite with the Grado GS100i - strings and voice are awesome with this setup.
I'm listening to WFMT [Chicago] with the Grados and it's hard to believe that this is just a 128K stream.