Just looking for some advice. I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD650's powered by FiiO E9/E7 combo. I am very happy with the sound from the FiiO considering how affordable it was but I want to upgrade to something a bit better now. I have done some research and I have decided to go with Nuforce, I know there are probably other DAC/AMP's I can get that will be better suited to the Sennheisers but I really like the Nuforce range, the design looks great, they are a lot smaller and more portable than other competitors and the way it can be placed vertically really helps as I don't have a huge amount of desk space.
Of course the HDP is the obvious one to go for and luckily someone is selling one at a good price here on the forums. Problem is however I am intending to upgrade my speakers very soon to a set of passive speakers. Now if I'm not mistaken the HDP can't power passive speakers, you need the Icon Amp for that. I believe the Icon-2 does however but (I don't know if I'm right in thinking this) the Icon-2 uses the same DAC/AMP from the uDAC which is significantly inferior to that on the HDP.
As much as I'd like to get the HDP + Icon Amp I don't know if I can afford it. Has anyone used the Icon-2 with the HD650's? Do you think the HDP + Icon Amp will be significantly better than just the Icon-2? About $250 better?
Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks for Looking.