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Is this a good combo for Sennheiser's HD650

Poll Results: Best desktop for HD650's??

 
  • 39% (20)
    Schiit Asgard
  • 25% (13)
    Schiit Valhalla
  • 27% (14)
    Objective 2
  • 7% (4)
    CMoyBB
51 Total Votes  
post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

So I'm getting the Senns and I need a portable and desktop amp...

I had between the JDS Labs CMoyBB, and the Electirc-Avenues PA2V2.

I finally went for the PA2V2 and for desktop options, I had the Objective 2, C421, and Schiit Asgard, or Schiit Valhalla.

Then I chose Schiit, but I'm not sure if I should choose the Asgard or Valhalla,

and if I need to choose the Valhalla... Does it comes with the tubes??

And does it come with a manual showing you how to put them?

 

I'm new in Audiophile world so that's the reason I'm asking...

My budget is $350, for the desktop amp, since I'm permanently going for the PA2V2.

 

Genres:

Classic Rock

Alternative

Indie

Grunge

Hard Rock

Metal

Rock N Roll

Punk Rock

Modern Rock

post #2 of 42

Are you already set on the 650's?  If not, switch to the 600's.  I think many people here regard those as better than 650's these days.

 

Why did you pick the PA2V2 over the Objective2?

post #3 of 42
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Originally Posted by wdahm519 View Post

Are you already set on the 650's?  If not, switch to the 600's.  I think many people here regard those as better than 650's these days.

Why did you pick the PA2V2 over the Objective2?

That really depends. I might have agreed with you at one point but not really anymore. Firstly, the 650s look much nicer than the 600s. Who knows what Sennheiser was or still is thinking producing a phone that looks like that. Secondly, remove the earpads and rotate them 180° and then reinsert so that the thinner portion now faces front and the fatter portion now faces back. This will not only loosen the tighter grip on your face, it will widen the soundstage and open up the treble on the 650s. And when running them balanced, they are every bit as good as the 600s with more visceral impact. The 600s are a tad more neutral though.
post #4 of 42
Thread Starter 

I haven't bought them


Edited by JuanseAmador - 6/9/12 at 10:38am
post #5 of 42
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdahm519 View Post

Are you already set on the 650's?  If not, switch to the 600's.  I think many people here regard those as better than 650's these days.

 

Why did you pick the PA2V2 over the Objective2?

 

I didn't choose the PA2V2 over the objective... I want portable and desktop amp.

 

Portable: CMoyBB (JDS Labs) and PA2V2. I chose the PA2V2 as portable.

Desktop: Objective , C421, Schiit Asgard, Schiit Valhalla. I chose Schiit.

 

And why should I choose the HD600 over the HD650? Why are they better?

post #6 of 42

HD600's are just more neutral, that's all.  InnerFidelity did some stuff comparing them I think?  You can check that out if you're interested.  I can't really tell you why, I haven't compared them personally.  I've heard through the grapevine that people think the HD600's are superior to the HD650.

 

Anyways, the Objective2 is a portable amp, and a very good one at that.  This is why I was asking why you abandoned the Objective2 and stuck with the PA2V2.

 

There are probably better amps than the Objective2 that you could pick for a desktop amp.  Shiit makes some pretty good stuff for that if you don't want to DIY.

 

I think your set up should be:

 

HD600

Objective2 (portable)

Shiit "whatever" (desktop)

ODAC DAC (desktop and portable desktop to use with O2)

post #7 of 42
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdahm519 View Post

HD600's are just more neutral, that's all.  InnerFidelity did some stuff comparing them I think?  You can check that out if you're interested.  I can't really tell you why, I haven't compared them personally.  I've heard through the grapevine that people think the HD600's are superior to the HD650.

 

Anyways, the Objective2 is a portable amp, and a very good one at that.  This is why I was asking why you abandoned the Objective2 and stuck with the PA2V2.

 

There are probably better amps than the Objective2 that you could pick for a desktop amp.  Shiit makes some pretty good stuff for that if you don't want to DIY.

 

I think your set up should be:

 

HD600

Objective2 (portable)

Shiit "whatever" (desktop)

 

I know it's portable, but I prefer spending more money on the desktop, since it will be for main use.


Edited by JuanseAmador - 6/9/12 at 11:40am
post #8 of 42

I can't speak for other amps on your list but i don't think Objective 2 is good match for HD650 since you can't get deep bass you need for classical or jazz but i defenetely know that Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 (DAC/AMP in one) are made for each other. Just use coaxial or optical imput for best results

post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

I can't speak for other amps on your list but i don't think Objective 2 is good match for HD650 since you can't get deep bass you need for classical or jazz but i defenetely know that Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 (DAC/AMP in one) are made for each other. Just use coaxial or optical imput for best results

And is it DIY?

post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by JuanseAmador View Post

And is it DIY?

The Objective 2 is supposed to be a great amp for portable or desktop use and everyone I've spoken to that has heard one has told me to get one. That being said, I don't need one since I have a rather large home rig and don't do any portable listening.

It's not expensive and seems like a great investment. I am friendly with the owner of JDS Labs and know he makes great products so you might want to purchase one from him if you do decide to get one.

Do you plan on using a separate DAC or just a portable media player?
post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by JuanseAmador View Post

 

I didn't choose the PA2V2 over the objective... I want portable and desktop amp.

 

Portable: CMoyBB (JDS Labs) and PA2V2. I chose the PA2V2 as portable.

Desktop: Objective , C421, Schiit Asgard, Schiit Valhalla. I chose Schiit.

 

And why should I choose the HD600 over the HD650? Why are they better?

They are not better. 600's are more balanced with a smaller soundstage, 650's have more bass (due to a rather nice hump in lower mids) and tend to suite just about any music type, due to their very musical and none fatiguing character. Probably the greatest midprice (once high-end) phone ever made IMO.

 

Sorry don't have much advice on portable amps for them though, as they are 300 ohms (quite hard to drive) I do have a little necosoundlab dual mono portable that goes up to 300 ohms max and it sounds ok. As for desk top, try and look at Hybrid's as the 650's sound great with a bit of tube soundstage and solid state for sharpening the highs. I use an old modded Xcan V3 and I haven't heard anything better yet.    

post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

I can't speak for other amps on your list but i don't think Objective 2 is good match for HD650 since you can't get deep bass you need for classical or jazz.

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This statement makes no sense.

post #13 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post


The Objective 2 is supposed to be a great amp for portable or desktop use and everyone I've spoken to that has heard one has told me to get one. That being said, I don't need one since I have a rather large home rig and don't do any portable listening.
It's not expensive and seems like a great investment. I am friendly with the owner of JDS Labs and know he makes great products so you might want to purchase one from him if you do decide to get one.
Do you plan on using a separate DAC or just a portable media player?

First of all, thanks for your help!

 

Setup:

iPod Classic 7th generation (trying to find a new 5th, since the Wolfson DAC is better)

Fiio L9 LOD

Electric Avenues PA2V2

Sennheiser HD650

Apple Lossless 

 

Desktop Amp: I'm not sure which one to pick.

 

Some Options:

 

Graham Slee Solo II

Schiit Asgard

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 DAC with OPA627 OpAmp and GE 5670 tube.

 

If you know any better please tell me!

BTW I'm leaning for the Maverick, because it's a DAC also

 

 

 


Edited by JuanseAmador - 6/9/12 at 12:15pm
post #14 of 42
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

I can't speak for other amps on your list but i don't think Objective 2 is good match for HD650 since you can't get deep bass you need for classical or jazz 

 

I never said I listen to Classical and Jazz
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by JuanseAmador View Post

And is it DIY?


TubeMagic D1 is not DIY while Objective 2 is but companies like JDS Labs sell it already assembled and ready to use

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