Lets me guess... I'm not the first person to ask this question... Well move past that and help a HFB (Head-Fi Brother ) out. It's finally happened. If your a member of this site at some point in time in you're going to want to try out or own one of these three pairs. HD650, M50's and LCD 2's and it looks like my time is now. My HD650's will be here tomorrow March 26th (pictures to come later) and I have a decent to above average set up right now that will power them until I get something better. The Fiio e17 Alpen & E9k are what I use right now to power my D5000's, a900x, and He-400's that are up for sale right now on the classifieds (cheap plug). I have total faith that the combo will have no problem powering the 650's seeing that they were able to easily power my He-400's and even the LCD 2's to great levels that I was luckily able to demo thanks to Justin at HEADAMP.COM (worthy plug).
Now the pictures that I'm about to show you may offend you but well, deal, its what I have to work with at this time and is still a great stack for the money so no snobby comments please
Here's another one that people gave me crap over...
Yes, at one time I used to use an e11 (my first amp) with my $700 Denon's. Big deal, it was just the extra umph that I needed so they served me well just as my e17 serves me well at this very moment while I write this post. So am I a fan of Fiio?? Absolutely!! Do I think they are the end all be all?? Absolutely not. Which is why I'm here now.
What I'm look for is a good set up to improve on what Fiio has taught me. An upgrade so to speak. My knowledge of desktop amps is growing daily which is a good and bad thing. As soon as I see something that I want or think will serve me well something else pops ups that looks even better or has better reviews and so on and so forth. So I'm enlisting the help of my Head-Fiers that have more experience on this subject matter and can help me find the best amp & DAC set up that can run both dynamics and Orthos for under $350. I know it isn't going to be easy but I know it can be done somehow. Here are some of the things I've looked into so far so give me your thoughts and opinions and please include your own experiences with the 650's if you have owned or tried them yourselves.
In no particular order.
1. HP-A3 Ok, that actually is top of my list at the moment
2. Headstage Arrow 12HE 4G
3. Matrix M-Stage DAC version
4. Schiit Valhalla
5. Schiit Asgard 2
6. Schiit Magni/Modi
7. JDS Lads O2/Odac
8. JDS Labs C5
9. HIFIMAN EF5... Side note I briefly own the ef2a and loved its sound but the DAC wasn't very good so I sent it back.
10. Aune T1
Ok, so I'm sure I'm leaving something out but that should be enough to get the conversation started don't you think??
Now this is important to me and probably important that you know this as well but my journey into this maddening hobby is just getting started so some of the pairs of headphones I plan on buying in the near future include but are not limited to pairs like the LCD 2's He-500's TH600's and maybe T5p's (big maybe. I did like the T70's sound comfort and uniqueness tho the bass was amazing but seriously lacking in the amount it produced so I'm not sure I want to take a flier on a pair that cost twice as much...). I kind of know the rule of thumb that some of your big shots like to use that your amp should cost close to the same as your headphones you plan on using them with but that isn't something that I believe to be true so I'm more focused on sound and value than I am making "Audiophiles" happy.
Ok folks, do your worse and lets see how bad my wife and wallet will suffer from me asking this question. If you have any questions to ask me please feel free. I unfortunately have no idea how to stay away from this site so questions will be answered promptly.
Thanks for the read and help that follows.
Edit: THEY HAVE ARRIVED!!!
First thought: AHHHHHHHH I'm so excited!!!!
Second thought: Holy crap these things are a lot lighter than I had expected them to be.
Third Thought: DO NOT DROP THESE!! I guess I now know why they are so light. Not the most solid pair are they...
Warning: Spoiler! Quick Pics as Promised (Click to show)
Edited by DemonFox - 3/26/13 at 1:56pm