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Looking for a tube amp for my HD650'S (Budget ~$300)

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Just got my hd650's a few days ago and was looking for a good tube amp/dac to pair it up with. I dont have much money to spend, so one in the $300 price range would be nice, although if i really need to i can raise the budget.


Edited by rt310 - 1/8/13 at 8:46am
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Look into The Project Sunrise II amp. If you have soldering skills you can buy it incredibly cheap, otherwise they sell them pre-built for a little under $300. I have one for my He-500 and it drives them perfectly I would recommend looking into new tubes though at some point as the stock ones aren't the greatest

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Originally Posted by jonny564 View Post

Look into The Project Sunrise II amp. If you have soldering skills you can buy it incredibly cheap, otherwise they sell them pre-built for a little under $300. I have one for my He-500 and it drives them perfectly I would recommend looking into new tubes though at some point as the stock ones aren't the greatest

Thanks, i'll look into that. Are there any other amps that sound good when paired with the hd650s?

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Look around and read for Bottlehead Crack. The standard kit can be had for $280, I think.

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Look around and read for Bottlehead Crack. The standard kit can be had for $280, I think.

Thanks, I'll look into it.

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x2 on the Crack.  That thing sounds amazing with the HD600's. 

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x2 on the Crack.  That thing sounds amazing with the HD600's. 

Will i have to know how to do the DIY stuff?

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The instruction is exceptionally good with this one! As long as you are familiar with basic electronics and soldering, and have the time and courage to try, you should be fine. Having said that, there are tons of help you can get from this forum and Bottlehead forum. You can even have it factory pre-build (roughly doubles the price) or have someone else more experienced to build one for you (cheaper). I myself have build 3 cracks - 2 for friends and 1 for me (see here for pics: http://www.head-fi.org/t/476650/crack-bottlehead-otl/1380#post_9011077). Once you have done it, it is not hard at all. You can even go beyond the manual by cutting the wires at exact length for great look, or use upgraded components for better SQ. I do expect to have some time to spare for a few weekends ahead, so you can PM me if you need help.

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Originally Posted by j123my View Post

The instruction is exceptionally good with this one! As long as you are familiar with basic electronics and soldering, and have the time and courage to try, you should be fine. Having said that, there are tons of help you can get from this forum and Bottlehead forum. You can even have it factory pre-build (roughly doubles the price) or have someone else more experienced to build one for you (cheaper). I myself have build 3 cracks - 2 for friends and 1 for me (see here for pics: http://www.head-fi.org/t/476650/crack-bottlehead-otl/1380#post_9011077). Once you have done it, it is not hard at all. You can even go beyond the manual by cutting the wires at exact length for great look, or use upgraded components for better SQ. I do expect to have some time to spare for a few weekends ahead, so you can PM me if you need help.


x2 again.  I hadn't soldered a darn thing in my life before the Crack.  Now all I want to do is build more Cracks.  blink.gif cool.gif

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