So I'm finding more and more I just like darker signatures. Treble rolled off a touch, and some warmth is always good for me. Looking to get a list of amplifiers that I can start looking for and trying out to see which one has the best synergy with a few headphones that I use the most. I don't care if they're solid state or tube. If I had a steadfast choice, it would be preference towards solid state simply because I want to have ease of linear voltage/current output against a load as the load increases and because I like not having to change tubes or buy more tubes. But if the best choices for me turn out to be tubes, that's ok. I really like the darkness of the Fiio E10. It's dark and can throws in some warmth. I've used the Schiit Lyr, Little Dot MK III, Schiit Asgard, NFB 12, etc. Still looking for an amp that really just sits well with my ears. I've been using my E10 more than anything because of the signature synergy with my headphones. I need the amplifier however to be able to deliver upwards of 1 watt per channel at 38ohms, and also be able to pair well with high impedance headphones too (hence my preference towards solid state). Basically a more powerful E10 would be what I want.
Headphones that I favor most and will be pairing with this amplifier hopefully: Hifiman HE-500 (the need for 1 wpc or so at 38ohms), Denon D5000, Beyer DT770 600ohm, Beyer DT880 600ohm, Fischer Audio FA002W. Those are my most used and favorite headphones essentially.
Dark signature (rolled off treble; added warmth is a bonus)
Power ability of 1 wpc at 38ohms, also able to pair with 600ohm headphones (solid state more likely here)
Budget: Open to anything really, but less expensive with criteria met is preference
Prefer solid state, but tubes are ok so long as the extra tubes are not rare/expensive
Anyone have some amplifier ideas that may meet these criteria?
Edited by MalVeauX - 10/11/12 at 5:55am