I just picked up some HD650's from Amazon and need an amp.
I know there are like six hundred and fifty billion threads about the HD650 and amps on here, and I think I've done a lot of digging and reading, but I keep getting confused about some things.
I'm looking to stay at or around 600 - So, WA3, WA6, Lyr, Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball. (factory built.)
(Is the Crack on par with the WA3/6? I hear it's a good value if you build it, but adding 200 to the price for them to build it with the speedball might make it too expensive for what you get?)
I've read that all of those sound pretty good with the 650's, what I'm confused about is the fact that some people say the 650's are just fine and sound good with the WA6 and Lyr, but that an OTL amp sounds better.
The difference in price is so slight I'm not even going to worry about it. So for the amount of money, which one makes more sense - the WA3 or the WA6?
Generally I assume (as do a lot of people, I think.) that the more money you spend, the better product you get. I know that's not always the case, but it seems to hold true with a lot of different amps. I think you can make the argument that the the WA6 is the better amp, but it might not be "synergistic" with the 650.
I listen to a lot of Dave Matthews Band, acoustic stuff, live stuff, some 'alternative' rock, electronic (air m83 daft punk).... pretty much everything except country. but 75% dave acoustic type stuff.
Ive never had a tube amp before, so talking about tube sound or talking about numbers of different tubes isn't going to help, I just want a generalization of differences I might hear/miss going with one amp over another.
I don't, at this point, have any plans to upgrade to more expensive/better headphones. I like the Senn sound. I could eventually move to an HD700, maybe an 800, but that will be years from now... Not any time soon, so the amp really only needs to work well with the 650s.