What's your current setup?
What's your current setup?
This, I've settled on a T90 only system haha.
My present system is (2) Objective 2 amps, one i bought assembled, one I built and installed in a case with the ODAC. I have 2 ODACS and a HRT MSii+.
I have several PC's setup and a Network AVR, enet LAN, HTPC etc..
So I can listend to the O2 amp and cans in several settings.
I can listen to cans:
1. Onkyo SR805 headphone jack..using the AVR's Dacs and Amp.
2. Onkyo SR805 pre out to the O2 and use the O2 amp with the Onkyo DAC.
3. HTPC via USB Dac either ODAC or others...to O2 amp.
4. HTPC via USB Dac either ODAC or others...to Van Alstine pre-amp and use its headphone amp and circuityr.
5. OPPP modded BD83SE using its Sabre Dac and its headphone amp.
6. A old gateway desktop via USB ODAC to O2...via JRiver on the PC.
7. USB drive attached to another Onkyo 2 ch stereo only Network receiver...use its Dac and amp via the headphone jack.
8. USB drive attached to another Onkyo 2 ch stereo only Network reveiver...use the pre amp out to the O2.
After many hours of comparing these AND other amps and dacs....blind testing etc..I have settled in on the O2 and ODAC as more that sufficient with a wide variety of headphones, LCD2's, AKG 701, 702, Q701, Grado 325is, Beyer 1350, Beyer T90, and more...also have tries the Schitt stuff, Lyr, Asgard, built several DIY amps, etc...
If boiled down to finding an amp and dac that, to me, was transparent and did not add or take away from the music being played etc...so I could listen to what the various headphones really can provide and the source music.
Many, many people buy a set of cans, and spend money and time trying to get them to sound like they want...and if they reach this goal..often get another set of cans and find the amp etc may not work they way they want with it and its off to the buy another amp etc that works with the new cans etc...
That to me gets old fast..as well as tube rolling....OMG...
So finding an amp and dac combo that is neutral or transparent...solves this for me....my money is now spent on cans and music...but after the T90s...there isnt much of an burning desire to spend more on cans either....at this time (LOL).
My favorite listening setup is the simple ODAC to O2 via the old desktop....easy to setup and use.
All of these sound pretty good to me, but by subjective built in bias has me keeping it simple.
All the best
I hope if you go this route your happy!!
Human beings change with the wind and time....LOL.
I am a person that looks for perfection as best can be obtained by technology.
I have a very narrow focus and look for something than can allow the soucre music to be sent from the source media, CD, flac file etc to
the transducers with little or no changes or adjustment.
Unfotunately the source material we have in this world is ALL OVER THE PLACE.
We spend so much time trying to make stuff sound good that never will the way it was recorded and mastered.
I only use my setup to listem to music, dont care about portability, iPhone, this phone or that phone.
Just good old 2 ch stereo...and how good is it in my head"phones".
It doesnt bother me if the layout is strange or cluttered for the most part...or if it comes in red or fuscia (sp?)..
But oh yeah...I unfortunately have to live on a budget as most of us do...so when I discovered the O2 and ODAC at their
pricepoint well....what can I say....awesome..
agree'd I love my oDac and Matrix M stage [upgrade OP amp in mine] still I'm going to be using a Hifiman HM 801 and PB1 combo for a few weeks >.> I sold off my oDac and M stage as I just got an Audio GD 10ES2 but China is having 2 holidays and a killer typhoon so I doubt I'll get my 10ES2 for a month or so q.q
but I to am excited about the prospect of getting this :D my plan is to run it balanced out of the Audio GD or a Little Dot MKVIII SE
Agree'd I love the look of the T90 just wish it had a 600 ohm varition q.q running it balanced at 250 ohms scares me a little bit... and I don't want to even run it SE, still the MKIII SE has a low gain option, as does the Audio GD 10ES2 so let's hope Beyer increased how much power the drivers can handle, the Dt 880 tops out at a pathetic 100mw... granted at that much power your ears would be hurting but still... at 600 ohm impedance it's no big deal.
STUPID HEAD the LD VIII SE is BALANCED! FAWGHET bout the wa22 I can't afford that schiit!
I know but it cost 2x as much... but if u want ugly look at the LD MKVI+ q.q