I recently purchased a pair of K712's from a fellow Head-fi'er and am hoping to get some suggestions for a new amp. I was until yesterday using a Schiit Lyr and Bifrost but the sound was getting to be rather fatiguing to me. A bit harsh and with a tad more treble than I'd like, this and the very limited control over volume I had certainly didn't help. Actually pulled the Schiit gear out of my chain and have been enjoying the K712's straight out of a soundcard. Unfortunately this doesn't provide the quality or power I'd ideally like.
I'm looking for a "warmer" amp, and will likely keep my Bifrost as the DAC. My budget is ideally under $500, and I'm not opposed to selling off the Bifrost and bumping that up to $800 ish if a better all-in-one or combination is recommended. Also used is perfectly fine by me.
The Amps I'm currently looking at:
Schiit Asgard 2 (Reviews say it's a bit warmer sounding solid state, wouldn't mind keeping all Schiit gear)
Schiit Valhalla (Bit more control of my sound with the tubes than the Lyr, but OTL with low resistance headphones I've heard isn't the best)
Bottlehead Crack (Once again the OTL issue)
Bottlehead SEX (Upper end of budget, but seems ideal for me. Have very poor soldering skills but not knowing how to do something hasn't stopped me from trying anyway.)
Woo WA6 (I mean it's an awesome looking piece of kit, but upper end of my budget even used)
Burson 160DS (Another warmer solid state, with integrated DAC so would be selling the Bifrost)
Project Ember (I think it's OTL? Or opamp outs? Not real sure)
Much appreciate the help
*Edit for first post, been reading for months and bought stuff off here but hadn't posted until now!
Edited by teamrushpntball - 4/10/14 at 2:20am