Hi all. I was informed at work that the entire floor was sick of hearing my music and that I had to kill it (damn the touchy engineers hating Bach followed by the Beastie Boys). So being the optimist that I am I figured it was a perfect time to spend money again. I picked up a pair of Sennheiser hd650s and the DAC_1 and MK III tube amp (5654 tubes) from little dot after reading reviews here. I also picked up a audio-gd DI-V3 w/PSU. I use my Macbook Air as a source.
When I got every thing in I listened for a moment and then threw the HD650s in a drawer and turn the amp up to 40% and proceeded to let it all burn the 10-11 hours a day I have been working lately. I am well over 100 hours of burn in on all the components now.
I started listening yesterday and I have to tell you the sound is crystal clear. One problem though they highs are so aggressive I cannot listen to more than a few songs before I have to give up. I bought Amarra so I could EQ the sound and it's still really, really bright. I bout a pair of Mullard M8100\CV4010 to see if they helped and it is worse. Granted I didn't let them burn in long.
I purchased the HD650s because I read over and over again that they very laid back, mellow and I ordered a tube amp because they are supposed to have a warmer tone. I hate, hate, hate having the highs be aggressive and the lows no existent. So my question is this, do I need to try more tubes? Dropping $30 or more dollars a pop with no clue how they actually sound is a hard proposition to swallow. Do I need to buy a different amp? a differnt dac? do I need to switch to solid state? I am not rich so what ever I try has to be somewhat on the cheap side.
One thing I want to say is that I am not trying to bash little tube at all. They have been great through the sale process its just that I have spent over a grand so far so I have something to listen to at work and I can't listen to it. Help?