Originally Posted by scott5526
Anyone know of a sub 500$ amp that pairs well with these? Currently running Ibasso D12 > Bellari HA540. Sounds pretty good out of these, but I haven't played around with any other amps/dacs besides these to compare to and I do remember when I thought my Astros sounded pretty good back in the day so I want to know how much I'm missing out on.
I'm still using a somewhat inexpensive Elekit TU-882 amp (the assembled pcb kit was about $420 but not sure if they are still available through vkung on audiogon) but I replaced the coupling capacitors and the tubes that added another $150 to the cost. Silent background on the low impedance setting of the amp, with enough power to drive the W3000ANV's to too loud for my listening preferences between 9 and 12 o'clock (maxes at around 5 o'clock). Not a terribly warm sounding amp, but adds to how musical the mids of the headphones.
I came back from a recent head-fi meet thinking I will drop the cash for a DNA Stratus after trying the W3000ANV's with it, but the more I listen to music at home, the desire for amp upgrade has faded with time.