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Amp for a Grado HF2

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone!
i have a grado hf2 paired with a little dot 1+(we408a) and a vdac2
i'm thinking to upgrade the amp section, what can i consider?

thank you

post #2 of 20
Thread Starter 

no one?? happy_face1.gif

post #3 of 20

MAD EAR+

Best amp for Grados.

post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

760/930 dollars plus shipping and fees(i'm not american)...a lot of money for me...

i was thinking something less expensive...max 400 euros
a schiit asgard for example?
 

post #5 of 20

^^

Yes.  The Schiit Asgard 2.  Far and away the best amp I've paired with my Grado RS1's (and the 125 and 325s).
 

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

thank you for your feedback about asgard happy_face1.gif

what other amps have you used with grados? (just for a personal curiosity)
In general, a woo audio wa6? is it a good match with grados?

 

post #7 of 20

I've used the Grado RA1 amp, the original Asgard, and the built in headphone amps from my McIntosh preamps (C32 and C42).  So, not as many amps as some folks here, but some pretty well respected amps none the less.  Asgard 2 man!

post #8 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pappas3278 View Post

I've used the Grado RA1 amp, the original Asgard, and the built in headphone amps from my McIntosh preamps (C32 and C42).  So, not as many amps as some folks here, but some pretty well respected amps none the less.  Asgard 2 man!
Thank you wink.gif i appreciate!
I was thinking about asgard 2 and...as i can see, good amps for grados are not so many...
Any other amps for example?
post #9 of 20

The Asgard 2 has some background hiss that is audible on low impedance, high sensitivity phones.  Maybe it's not the best for your Grados.

 

You may consider the HeadRoom Micro, Musical Fidelity V-Can II (and V-PSU II for both your DAC and amp), HiFiMan EF5, or a NuForce amp.

post #10 of 20

Forgot to mention the Matrix M-Stage.

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you, essentially i was searching an hybrid amp (like the ef5)or a tube amp in a reasonable price range, but tube amps like little dot series aren't a great match for grados(OTL and low z headphones)
i'm afraid that a ss amp like asgard should give a too agressive sound
I need a well controlled bass and a tube-like sound...is it difficult to find out?
post #12 of 20

The EF5 would be a good match for you, then.  I had it for a short bit.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dexterdm View Post

Thank you, essentially i was searching an hybrid amp (like the ef5)or a tube amp in a reasonable price range, but tube amps like little dot series aren't a great match for grados(OTL and low z headphones)
i'm afraid that a ss amp like asgard should give a too agressive sound
I need a well controlled bass and a tube-like sound...is it difficult to find out?
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
In italy the ef5 is 500 euros frown.gif
post #14 of 20

What about the EF2?  That amp is generally very well liked.  The DAC section is pretty lacking, but the amplification section is actually pretty good.  Some users here, who have some really exotic amps, have commented how surprisingly good the EF2 is.

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ok, thank youI'll add the ef2 to future amp list wink.gif
However i prefer a full amp, dac section is a surplus that i will not use...
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