Hello all, first of all let me say this is my first post to the forum and I just joined, though I have been reading the threads for a few years.
I recently purchased some Sennheiser HD 600s as an upgrade from my Sennheiser HD 595s. I have been using an Arcam Alpha 8se CD player as my main source and using my Yamaha HTR-6250 receiver as the amp. I have been using the DAC on the CD player primarily though I do occasionally run music from my computer to the receiver and use the Yamaha as the DAC.
Although there is more detail with the Sennheiser HD 600 compared with the HD 595s in my system, the amp does not seem able to properly drive the Senns as they have a kind of strange signature to the sound, especially in the lower end. They sound very cold. Interestingly, they seem to work very well with movies and Yamaha's "Silent Cinema" system in my amp that virtually recreates surround sound for headphones.
I would like to buy an amp suited to the Arcam 8se and the Sennheiser HD 600. I would prefer to not buy a new source component if possible, even if there is better stuff out there than my Arcam. As far as sound, while I would like to retain detail, I would like a bit more of a warm sound with cleaner, more defined bass. I listen primarily to rock music and some country.
My preferred budget would be $150-180 or less though I'll consider anything up to my absolute max of $275. If something is widely available used that is also an option. I don't care about size: portability is of no concern. As far as solid state or tube, I will consider either, but I am not interested in heavily modding tube amps and if it is difficult to obtain tubes or mod them in any way that is just not my thing.
Sorry for the long winded post and thanks for the help!