Originally Posted by GSARider
Let us know how you get on...
Ok, I've done a few things since last post:
First, I put in a Vintage 1975 Mullard E88CC tube into the Aune T1. Wowsa, talk about detail & warmth! This makes me feel like I'm wrapped in a warm blanket of music but not so much that I can't pick out every riff and lick. So there's that. Fantastic tube if you like a bit of contour to your music.
Second, I ordered an ODAC which was supposed to be here already but the USPS has probably lost it, so I can't speak to yet.
Third, I picked up a pair of HE-500 phones. Holy cow, are these things big and heavy! I had to add extra foam on the headband just to hold them up because, I guess, my head is very small. Oh well. As for the quality , they didn't blow me away at first, but now that I have some burn in hours, I can see what the hype is all about. I had to up the gain on the Aune T1 to the highest setting in order to power the HE-500s adequately, but it's worth it. Tight, tight bass is the word, and a virtually limitless soundstage. Are they an upgrade over the Aiaiai TMA1 phones I was using? Yes, but less of a direct upgrade and more of a sideway shift. Yes, the HE-500s are better sounding but they are more different than they are better. If you are thinking about the HE-500s id STRONGLY suggest trying them first at a show or store. Not only for sound but for physical fit, my neck hurts after long use due to the weight.
Fourth, I did research for a while and based on price/compatibility/future proofing (im getting HD650s for xmas), I decided to order a project Sunrise II headphone amp to go with the ODAC. To go with the PSII, I picked up a Vintage 60's Amperex 12AU7 Bugle Boy,small halo,gray plate,dimpled top, tube. It sounds like the one I'll most like.
So, as you all can probably personally attest to, I have gotten bit by the audiophile bug just like it happened with most here, I'm sure. :) As I get more upgrades in I will update you guys. Thanks for all the help.