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post #6106 of 17154

Thanks for replies people, much appreciated!

 

My budget is around £200 for Amp/Dac and I should have mentioned at the moment my setup is fixed, xonar d2x & the q701s/hd555s but it's not quite cutting it for me.

 

I recently listened to the Phillips Fidelio X1 and  I couldn't live with them to me they sounded very Bassy and warm so I'd say I prefer a more neutral sound when listening to music and gaming etc.

 

So is the o2 amp/dac the way to go??

 

Thanks


Edited by Angerer - 2/7/14 at 8:09pm
post #6107 of 17154

hd600 n Q701 thrive on tubes.. it will bring out the musician in u...oh u are a musician :P 

post #6108 of 17154
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

hd600 n Q701 thrive on tubes.. it will bring out the musician in u...oh u are a musician :P 

lol if only :p

 

Maybe I'll see a nice improvement with 701s and amp. :)

 

Bit of a noob so not sure what amp, tube or solid state.


Edited by Angerer - 2/7/14 at 8:34pm
post #6109 of 17154
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Originally Posted by Angerer View Post
 

Thanks for replies people, much appreciated!

 

My budget is around £200 for Amp/Dac and I should have mentioned at the moment my setup is fixed, xonar d2x & the q701s/hd555s but it's not quite cutting it for me.

 

I recently listened to the Phillips Fidelio X1 and  I couldn't live with them to me they sounded very Bassy and warm so I'd say I prefer a more neutral sound when listening to music and gaming etc.

 

So is the o2 amp/dac the way to go??

 

Thanks

I think you can keep your d2x and just get an amp and see how it goes. A quick search on the intarnet showed that there's no official output impedence of the d2x, but have been estimated to be around 100-150 ohms. So that's a line-out, not a headphone output. 

post #6110 of 17154

IME HD600 pairs well with either (SS or tube).  The AKG's really like more current than voltage - so either a hybrid or SS.

 

Worth looking at (IMO) is the Audio-gd NFB-15.32 (http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm)

 

For the price - considering the very powerful amp, and very well implemented DAC section - it's a good value proposition.  I love it with my HD600 and actually preferred it (over my LD MKIV) for the AKG's (K701, K702 & Q701) when i owned them. 

post #6111 of 17154

Ophiel and Brooko thanks much appreciated.

 

Would be ideal to keep the soundcard for my speakers, will definitely look at the Audio-gd NFB-15.32 sounds awesome.

 

Really digging this forum, friendly no nonsense replies. Perfect :D

 

Thanks

post #6112 of 17154

If it helps - I actually have my NFB-12 (earlier version of the 15.32) also driving my passive desktop speakers (Celestion F10s).  I need to use high gain with them - but it powers them beautifully - and on variable mode - I can then use the volume control on the NFB-12 rather than relying on Windows software controls.

post #6113 of 17154
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

hd600 n Q701 thrive on tubes.. it will bring out the musician in u...oh u are a musician :P 

 

Tubes are an obsolete technology with the exception of guitar amps:tongue:

they belong to this era:

 

 

Then again, some people's religion makes it necessary to over-compensate for various inadequacies intellectually...

 

Sorry, then again some people like em :wink_face:.

 

Then again the hd600 is already "warm" so why bother?

 

EDIT: just a joke kids.


Edited by perhapss - 2/8/14 at 11:55am
post #6114 of 17154

Not all tube amps are warm.  And it comes down to preference.

post #6115 of 17154

Sorry, now I feel bad.

 

If you want a consistent(key word:consistent) neutral, and FAR less expensive sound in audio reproduction,solid state is cheaper and possible.

Recording tastes, regarding pre-amps, mics and amplification( on the front-end ) are more flexible and based on artistic aims.

 

Of course listening tastes are also ok to adjust equipment to, but not required for playback neutrality.

 

Tubes are not consistent by any means.

 

The plus side of the hd600 ( for me personally) is the warmth it provides WITHOUT tubes.

I am not alone in this feeling BTW.

post #6116 of 17154

Okay so,

 

JDS labs O2 amp + Behringer UCA 202 then

post #6117 of 17154
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Not all tube amps are warm.  And it comes down to preference.

If one carefully designs a  tube amp that has very low levels of harmonic distortion it begins sounding like an SS Amp that costs far less and doesn't have output transformers. Good output transformers that are linear and don't saturate prematurely are expensive, large and heavy. IMO, one might as well get a good SS Amp. I think the warm distortion of tube amps are best used when overdriven for electric guitars. Just say'in. :D

post #6118 of 17154
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Okay so,

 

JDS labs O2 amp + Behringer UCA 202 then

Schiit Asgard 2 and Bifrost. If that's overbudget, you could swap in a Modi for the Bifrost.

post #6119 of 17154
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

If one carefully designs a  tube amp that has very low levels of harmonic distortion it begins sounding like an SS Amp that costs far less and doesn't have output transformers. Good output transformers that are linear and don't saturate prematurely are expensive, large and heavy. IMO, one might as well get a good SS Amp. I think the warm distortion of tube amps are best used when overdriven for electric guitars. Just say'in. :D

 

Like I stated earlier - a lot of it comes down to individual preference  ...... ;)

 

It's actually why I like to have the best of both worlds (NFB-12 and LD MKIV).

post #6120 of 17154
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Like I stated earlier - a lot of it comes down to individual preference  ...... ;)

 

It's actually why I like to have the best of both worlds (NFB-12 and LD MKIV).

Two Marshall Stacks, one for each ear. :basshead:

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