I own a pair of HD650, which I love and use all the time (listening mainly to electronic music), and also a pair of Grado SR125 which I also use but more sparingly (only for instrumental music).
I am now using a Fiio E9 amp connected to the headphone jack of my Macbook Pro. I would like to perform a noticeable upgrade to it most probably to an AMP/DAC integrated solution (stand alone components would also be considered) with USB and optical inputs. I plan on using mostly the DAC optical input paired with my Macbook Pro's optical (via TOSLINK) output, but would still like to have an USB input for practical purposes, if I ever change computer or if I want to use the AMP/DAC with another computer.
Now, my budget would be around +-500$, and I aim for the absolute best value for my current setup. I don't plan on buying new headphones anytime soon, so they have to pair nicely with my HD650's.
Finally, I would like a product that gives me the possibility to upgrade its parts later on, if that is possible, so I can either swap the tubes or the op amps later on without having to change all my equipment, if that is possible.
I have no particular preference between tube amps and solid state amps, since I only own a solid state amp at the moment. I am open to all suggestions!
I have read good things about the Maverick TubeMagic D1, but would like to know about comparable solutions that would max out the value for the budget I planned.
Thanks a lot!
- Sennheiser HD650 (for electronic music)
- Grado SR125 (for instrumental/vocal music)
- Fiio E9
- Macbook Pro (Early 2011)
- AMP/DAC solution
- +- 500$
- Optical input (most important input)
- USB input (nice to)
- Upgradable components (nice to)
- Tube or solid state
- Portability is not an issue