i am choosing whether to spend $260 on dac and amp or same amount on much better amp
To be honest I have too many variables going on in my systems right now. Rolled different tubes into the Lyr and am still evaluating them as I put some hours on them. The Magni / Modi stack is only a few weeks old in my house and I've just added an iPad air into the picture. When I get it all sorted out I'll have a much better opinion on comparing things.
i think Crack is an excellent choice for amp. It can even make HD800 sing . IMO it is more suitable for HD600 rather than HD800
it doesn't require expensive tube to sound good & only requires one for pre section & one for power section. So no headache finding the match pair
In addition, u can change the sound by changing the tubes --- eg . Bendix WB vs stock tube RCA
I do own crack + speedball with mundolf caps & power tube like the GEC brown base,Bendix WB, Sylvania gold brand and several others
I was surprise on how good the stock powertube sound
BTW - I do find an endgame rig for both my hd800 & hd600.
Why i purchase crack: ? Just to see how far crack live to its accolades & also its ability to colored sound
Can crack beats my existing rig? No .Absolute not
Is crack a very good amplifier? Hell Yes. You cannot go wrong with the price
Yea, similar experience for me too. I bought the Schiit Magni and was not impressed at all. Ended up selling it on eBay and I purchased the Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card. MUCH happier now. The Xonar Essence ST is a beast of a sound card and amplifier. Pairs very well with my HD 600 and my HD 580.
Well, for me, the Magni did not get the job done. And, I have no idea what a wet sound is but I know that the Xonar Essence ST is a beast. Very happy with it.