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post #16 of 31
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Bump!

post #17 of 31
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Originally Posted by nothing4me View Post

The O2+ODAC Combo has a 15% restocking fee if I don't like it though... Audioengine D1 doesn't. Should I just go with the D1 for now?


That's why I decided not to try and waiting for Asgard. Not sure if Audioengine is enough to drive HE-500 but it definitely not good match for HD650

post #18 of 31

Or you could wait a couple of weeks until I have had a chance to try O2 + HE-500 and report the results here...

post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

Or you could wait a couple of weeks until I have had a chance to try O2 + HE-500 and report the results here...

Any results? Also, does anyone suggest I go with the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 for now?

 

Thanks!

 

Edit: Ordered the D1.


Edited by nothing4me - 9/9/12 at 8:04pm
post #20 of 31

Finally got Asgard and just out of curioucity tried HD650 using Audioquest DragonFly as DAC only and it's best setup I heard besides Maverick Audio but I heard too long ago so can't provide comparison and it still can't get close to D7000. Also remember Asgard is just an AMP so you need a DAC while Maverick Audio is DAC/AMP in one so less money to spend


Edited by olegausany - 9/9/12 at 8:10pm
post #21 of 31
I've had a chance to try the O2 with the HD600 and HE-500 now. The match with the Sennheisers is excellent, the neutrality of each component colementing the other. On the whole, this is a good "monitoring" setup with excellent control and detail retrieval. With the HE-500s, I was less impressed. The tonal balance is fine, but I found the amp to struggle a little. In particular, dynamic range and soundstage were compressed (on both high and low gain settings, with both mains and battery power), and transients were blunted. I was glad to plug the HE-500s back into the Cyber 20.......

For HD600/650, however, I can recommend the O2 wholeheartedly!
post #22 of 31

E17 for the features. O2/ ODAC if you can afford it. 

post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by Lord Voldemort View Post

E17 for the features. O2/ ODAC if you can afford it. 

 

Do you own both pairs of headphones and that combo and can say from experience they are a good combo?

post #24 of 31
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Edit: Ordered the D1.

 

 

Did you receive the D1? I own a pair of HD650 myself with Fiio E9 and I'm currently questioning whether to go for the D1 or the Audio-GD 11.32 or 15.1... I would like to know your feedback when you finally try the combo!

post #25 of 31
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Did you receive the D1? I own a pair of HD650 myself with Fiio E9 and I'm currently questioning whether to go for the D1 or the Audio-GD 11.32 or 15.1... I would like to know your feedback when you finally try the combo!

 

Sorry, but I ended up canceling my order for other reasons :(

post #26 of 31

I have the 650s and the e17 now, and i don't think they can drive them to full potential. However, i'm too poor at the moment to buy a new amp tongue.gif. If i were you, i would go for the o2. I've heard my 650s on it, and it is kind of neutral, but it sounds much better than my e17. If you can't afford the odac, get the o2 and use it without a dac until you have enough to get a dac. Even without the dac, i thought it sounded better than the e17.

post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by franmon83 View Post

 

 

Did you receive the D1? I own a pair of HD650 myself with Fiio E9 and I'm currently questioning whether to go for the D1 or the Audio-GD 11.32 or 15.1... I would like to know your feedback when you finally try the combo!

 

Sorry, but I ended up canceling my order for other reasons :(

 

Sorry to hear that... frown.gif

post #28 of 31

If you don't have the luxury of buying and trying out different amps and headphones combinations, its best to just stick to a neutral amp.

It'll ensure you hear what the source sends, and what your headphones make of it, removing the need to fiddle around with various combinations of headphones and amps to achieve that 'perfect sound'. It may never happen, and by the time you realize that, you would've spent a lot on audio equipment.


Edited by proton007 - 9/24/12 at 11:41pm
post #29 of 31
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If you don't have the luxury of buying and trying out different amps and headphones combinations, its best to just stick to a neutral amp.

It'll ensure you hear what the source sends, and what your headphones make of it, removing the need to fiddle around with various combinations of headphones and amps to achieve that 'perfect sound'. It may never happen, and by the time you realize that, you would've spent a lot on audio equipment.

That's exactly what I was thinking recently. I did a lot of research and found out the most neutral dac/amp (according to other reviewers and measurements by InnerFidelity) I can get is the O2 + ODAC for under $300. I ordered it yesterday and am waiting for it to arrive.

 

Thank you for sharing your opinion :)

 

Edit: Also, thanks for the thread you wrote in your signature!


Edited by nothing4me - 9/25/12 at 1:16am
post #30 of 31

@nothing4me:

Glad to help!

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