Originally Posted by pdiddypdler
Do you use the Objective2 more for home listening? I assume it's better for harder to drive cans. That's another amp I'm considering.
I do. When I'm putting around the house, it's iPhone+O2 (or UHA-6S). At the desktop.. it's the HD600 w/ the TubeDAC-11. I prefer to use the O2 (over the UHA-6) with the HD600.. not only cause the O2's low gain drives them better.. but cause the UHA's high gain tends to add a touch of midbass (which the HD600 already have). Thing is, the UHA articulates the upper frequencies a slight bit better than the O2.
All that being said, you really haven't heard the HD600 until you've run it through a nice tube amp, IMO. I might be of the rare breed here who loves the colorful sound of tubes just as much as the sound of a really clean, clear, neutral solid state. With my TubeDAC-11's tube output (using a Zaerix 7DJ8 tube), the HD600 is frighteningly immersive. Dynamic, liquid, warm, and open.
Sorry to stray off topic.. regarding the O2 vs UHA.. you can't really go wrong with either, IMO.. there's a reason I own both (or rather, haven't got rid of one for the other). The UHA has a built in DAC, as well.. I almost exclusively use the O2 w/ the ODAC.. that combo is also superb. Incredibly resolving and clear.