I'm making my first foray into the world of higher quality audio. I've decided on the HD600, and am trying to decide what amp to get. I've read a ton on this forum, and of course there is lots of great and conflicting info. :)
So here's what I'm looking for:
Needed: USB DAC/amp
Music Genres: 50% classical, 50% rock/jazz/country/musicals/everything else. I like a lot of music.
Tube? I have no idea. I don't know what to expect with a tube vs. ss. I don't like music muddled, but I'm not clear on the effect that the tube has on sound quality. I don't think I would want to sacrifice clarity.
Budget: < $250
Setting: office, desktop
Sound Desired: clarity, good bass but not overpowering. Hard to say since I haven't heard many setups.
Current Experience: Bose QC2 straight out of generic workstation soundcard. :)
I've read a ton about the Maverick D1 and A1. It seems that the A1 sounds better than the D1 with the HD600, but I'm worried that a few people mentioned muddled mids and vocals with this combo. Is that something the upgraded tube or replaced opamps could fix?
People also seem very happy with the E7/E9 pair, as well, so I'm strongly considering that, despite its looks. The portability of the E7 is a nice bonus as well, though not sure if I should give that much weight.
And of course I'll be re-ripping all of my music to lossless (currently 192 WMA)
Any insights would be greatly appreciated!