Hi guys, I'm new to this forum, so please bear with me.
I just got my HD600 recently and now I am looking for a suitable amp to make them really shine. I listen mostly to pop, country, jazz, rock music (with lots of vocals), but currently I don't have any source/file higher than CD quality. Also, I have been playing them straight from my laptop/desktop on-board sound card, with no amps or dedicated DAC (I know, don't kill me...)
I'm trying to decide between Bottlehead Crack and NFB 15.32.. I don't have preference over tubes or SS. More precisely, I never own either type so I don't really know the difference except from what people say in forums (e.g. tube is warmer, SS has more solid bass, etc). Currently I'm leaning towards NFB 15.32 as it will give me a decent DAC for about the same price as Crack. However, I read many times that Crack is considered to be one of the best amps for HD600/650, outperforming many others in the price range..
So, what do you guys think? Will I benefit from the DAC in NFB, or should I just go with the tested-and-proven Crack? Can anyone with first hand experience tell me how does the NFB 15.32 pair up with HD600? Would really love to hear if someone has done direct comparison with Crack too..
NFB 15.32 seems to be the newer version of NFB 15.1 listed on Audio-GD website. Kingwa told me 15.32 uses USB32 instead of TE8802 found in older 15.1, although I don't know what does that mean...
Thanks and cheers,