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Desktop amp (w/ or w/o DAC ok) for Beyerdynamic T5p

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I bought the Beyerdynamic T5p a month ago to use in the office. I love the Beyer sound, and would have gotten a T1 if it weren't semi-open, I know the T5p is "portable" but I need my 'phones to be closed. For real portable use I use my Shure SE530's with the Graham Slee Voyager. Now that I've got the T5p, I want to setup a desktop system for office use. In terms of my source, I use the iPad2 with the Camera Connector to output a digital signal, going into a Pico USB DAC (no amp).

 

Here comes my question. The GS Voyager is a good amp when paired with IEMs, but according to some people's opinion, the T5p should be driven by a real desktop amp to deliver its true potential. I know the T5p is supposed to be "portable" with only 32 ohms of impedance and "easy to drive". I find that if I use the Voyager with the Pico USB DAC combo, they are a little too bright. I guess I am looking for a good synergy with these 'phones paired with a desktop system. I don't need a DAC since I've got the Pico, but if a good amp+DAC combo matches well with the T5p, I can always sell the Pico.

 

Since this will be used in an office environment, I'd prefer SS over tubes, and size not too big to avoid pesty curiosity from co-workers. My music preference is pop, soft-rock, jazz and classical (in that order).

 

Anyone with the T5p to offer some advice and your experience with different amps? Are portable amps really not that powerful for a supposed 32ohm, "easy-to-drive" 'phone?

 

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No one? Someone here must have a T5p... what amp are you using and are you happy with it?

 

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t5p is not exactly a popular headphones here.  for ss amp, i like meier and rudistor.  harmony ear isn't too bad neither.  see what your budget allows you. 

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Originally Posted by fhuang View Post

t5p is not exactly a popular headphones here.  for ss amp, i like meier and rudistor.  harmony ear isn't too bad neither.  see what your budget allows you. 



The new Meier JAZZ has my attention, however none of the local dealers here have it yet. I can order it online, but it doesn't have the convenience and protection of using credit cards. My budget can be extended to $1,000 (that's HK$7,800?), so a few more candidates are within my range. I'm especially interested in the Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear (what a mouthful) due to its "British sound" (whatever that means), Meier JAZZ or CLASSIC, Lehmann BCL, Musical Fidelity M1-HPA, Burson Audio HA-160 etc. I'm looking for more synergy with the amp, since the T5p can be a little bass-shy. Although I'm not a basshead, I'd like my bass to be tight and accurate.

 

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The new Meier JAZZ has my attention, however none of the local dealers here have it yet. I can order it online, but it doesn't have the convenience and protection of using credit cards. My budget can be extended to $1,000 (that's HK$7,800?), so a few more candidates are within my range. I'm especially interested in the Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear (what a mouthful) due to its "British sound" (whatever that means), Meier JAZZ or CLASSIC, Lehmann BCL, Musical Fidelity M1-HPA, Burson Audio HA-160 etc. I'm looking for more synergy with the amp, since the T5p can be a little bass-shy. Although I'm not a basshead, I'd like my bass to be tight and accurate.

 



I have the Burson HA160 to drive my 600-ohm Beyer (not T5p though), and this combo is very nice with rock music (as most of the time I listen to classic rock to nu metal stuff). I'm sure the Burson will drive your T5p easily. If you're planning to hook your computer as your source, you can try HA160D, or the newly released HA160DS http://bursonaudio.com/HA_160DS.html, you may even get a special introductory price from Burson if you get one of these now ;)

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i never really understand burson, especially with beyers.  it sound ok with grado i guess? i do like meier head five(an old amp now), harmony ear 90(for t5p only, not higher impedance beyer) and rudistor.  i thought there are few places that you can try them all.  kingsound, jaben for example. 

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Thanks I didn't know about Jaben. Have only been living in Hong Kong for 2 years. I will go check them out.

 

The new Burson HA-160DS does sound very interesting in terms of function and being the right size - I don't need all that preamp features and analog inputs, just the USB and coax will do, plus a good amp section. However I worry that it may not pair well with the T5p, as the T5p is a completely different animal to the T1 for practical purposes, even though they are alleged to share the same driver and technology. Also, rock music is not my main preference.

 

I like neutral amps that are quick and musical, but given the particular characteristics of the T5p, I will avoid ones that are overly analytical and bright.

 

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For portable use, if you use an iDevice I'd recommend Fostex HP-P1, if not I recommend Epiphany Acoustics EHA-O2.

 

 

I feel the T5p is quite accepting, and doesn't have any high synergy demands, unlike Audio Technica headphones, possibly.

 

 

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