Originally Posted by eliben85
thank you all for the replies, its great help. There are so many options out there it can drive one mad :)
Just one last question, I should not worry about the TubeDAC-11 not being powerful enough correct?
It says it has 110mW at 300 Ohm
The MAtrix amp has 200mW at 300 Ohm is that difference critical or 110mW is all I need?
Thanks again everyone for your help!
I've found the 110mW @ 300 ohms to offer plenty of volume to drive 300 ohms. I like to rock out with my HD580 at times & the TD-11 pot rarely hits 3pm. One thing I've mentioned before is how buttery smooth the volume control is & even at full tilt, it's very clean & controlled (though I don't even approach that output level.. even with the voracious HE-500). Equally, at much lower output levels, the dac/amp is very dynamic and balanced.
If you're using the tube and/or line out with a power amp, you've got very precise control of the TD-11 voltage output via the pot, as well. The DAC out is obviously a line level output. With the plethora of amps I've used with the tube & line outs, I've found the optimal position is slightly shy of 3pm.. whether I'm using the tube/line out to drive another amp (Objective2) or I'm using the tube out directly to drive the Senns.
The really nice thing about the TD-11 is that it can always serve a useful purpose in your rig. It's a versatile pre-amp, an astonishingly high quality clean, dynamic dac.. it has a precise line & tube out to literally change the nature of your rig's sound on the fly.. and it gives you an opportunity to add a hq tube to your chain of components. It scales well & all the features I mentioned aren't implemented hastily to where better equipment up the chain is going to be grossly limited. For these reasons, it's got a lot of staying power for me since I can always hook up a really nice amp down the line, if I wish.
Edited by FlySweep - 5/3/12 at 11:38am