First post on this forum I'm reading for a few months now...
I've read a lot of interesting posts, but I'm a bit confused now with the choices I have to make.
I listen to folk, blues, jazz, a bit of rock and classical. I will own a Sennheiser HD650 and have at the moment a RME Fireface 400 external soundcard on a PC as source.
I would like to choose a good amp and a good DAC for around 800$ each, that can work pretty well with the HD650.
First I don't know if I must go with tube amp or not... As the sound of the HD650 is already "dark", I don't know if it's really a good idea to go with tubes. I would like to brighten up a little the phones, while keeping warm basses.
Here is a list of the amps I've found by reading several posts on several forums:
- Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear
- Lehmann Audio Linear
- BURSON AUDIO HA-160
And for tubes amps:
- Little Dot MKIV SE
- Woo audio WA6 or WA3
I've also listed some DACs:
- Atoll DAC100
- Rega DAC
And some 2-in-1:
- BURSON AUDIO HA-160D
- Grace Design m903
- Woo audio WA7
- Atoll ST100
I will only be able to try the Atoll ST100 with the HD650 next weekend. I'm not able to try the other ones.
So, if you consider my needs (brighten up the headphone and keep warm basses) and the kind of music I listen to, which combination do you feel a good one for the value?
Thanks in advance,
PS: I've already searched on the forum and found a lot of intersting things, but as some gears are quite recent, and my needs and budget are specific, I thought it was good to create a new thread
PS2: sorry for my English :)