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Hi, while I have been hanging around head-fi for some time but this is my first post. Sorry for my newbie question.

 

Well on to the question at hand. I was thinking of purchasing an amp for my HD650, my current setup Foobar-KS > Audinst Hud-MX1 > HD650, sometimes I add a Bravo Audio Tube Amp with 12AU7 RCA Clear Top Tube to the mix. I have around 300 to spend on audio gear. I was thinking of getting the Matrix M-Stage, wonder how they would pair with my DAC or would buying another pair of headphones be a better option to get a different kind of sound. I am keen on the AKG K550, Ultrasones Pro900, DT880. Its not that I do not like the sound of HD650, i just would like your opinions whether the improvements of adding the Matrix M-Stage is justified compared to the satisfaction of buying a different set of cans.

 

The HD650 is the only pair of full size headphones I have owned, so I can't really comment on the sound I am expecting. I have the Etymotics ER4P, UE TF10, Klipsch X10, AL IM716, Koss Portapros and I liked the first two. I listen to wide variety of genres.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 7

I'd say get an amp. M-Stage, O2/ODAC, and a Magni/Modi either would work fine.

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I'd say get an amp. M-Stage, O2/ODAC, and a Magni/Modi either would work fine.

 

Great, wonder if the improvements with the M-Stage is night/day with the HD650. Else I am considering a closed headphone for some noisier nights.

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What parts of HD650 that you don't like? In my experience, the sound charater won't change much with different amp. You better off with a new headphones.
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Originally Posted by migtan View Post

Hi, while I have been hanging around head-fi for some time but this is my first post. Sorry for my newbie question.

 

Well on to the question at hand. I was thinking of purchasing an amp for my HD650, my current setup Foobar-KS > Audinst Hud-MX1 > HD650, sometimes I add a Bravo Audio Tube Amp with 12AU7 RCA Clear Top Tube to the mix. I have around 300 to spend on audio gear. I was thinking of getting the Matrix M-Stage, wonder how they would pair with my DAC or would buying another pair of headphones be a better option to get a different kind of sound. I am keen on the AKG K550, Ultrasones Pro900, DT880. Its not that I do not like the sound of HD650, i just would like your opinions whether the improvements of adding the Matrix M-Stage is justified compared to the satisfaction of buying a different set of cans.

 

The HD650 is the only pair of full size headphones I have owned, so I can't really comment on the sound I am expecting. I have the Etymotics ER4P, UE TF10, Klipsch X10, AL IM716, Koss Portapros and I liked the first two. I listen to wide variety of genres.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Heya,

 

With your budget, get a $99 Schiit Magni amplifier. And use the other $200 to get a new closed headphone like the K550, K167, Beyer COP, a used Mr Speaker Mad Dog, etc.

 

Very best,

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Thread Starter 

seems like a great idea. That's if the Magni is as good as its claimed to be, definitely looks better than the m-stage. Not sure if voltage might be a problem as I remember reading somewhere thats it only comes with 115v support at the moment. We use 230V where I am staying.

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Originally Posted by migtan View Post

seems like a great idea. That's if the Magni is as good as its claimed to be, definitely looks better than the m-stage. Not sure if voltage might be a problem as I remember reading somewhere thats it only comes with 115v support at the moment. We use 230V where I am staying.

 

You can get a universal adapter. Schiit's other amps have the option of coming 115 or 230v. I'm sure you can email them about an adapter or one that is pre-built for 230v.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 12/20/12 at 7:59pm
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