Edited by Jag86 - 5/9/13 at 8:53am
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Edited by Jag86 - 5/9/13 at 8:53am
Heh, I have a very similar headphone repertoire ( RS1i / DT 990 / Senn HD555 ) to yours with which I use the Graham Slee Novo. It's about €100 over your budget though, but I find it to be very pleasing especially with the Grados and DT 990. Back when I was choosing the headphone amp I tried about six different ones with the RS1i before ending with the Novo. AFAIK the mids are slightly emphasized and it has just a tiny bit recessed bass and treble which takes some of the typical harshness away from the Grado and DT990 highs. It also has the line out you want, but it's a clean pass-through with no volume adjustment.
Have a look at the NFB 15.32 from Audio-gd. I have a somewhat similar set-up (325i, DT880, HD600). I have the NFB-12, the NFB-15 is the later model with newer USB implementation.
Output impedance (both headphone out and DAC out) is 2 ohms.
Combined DAC/amp - DAC has dual Wolfson WM8741s
USD 235 + shipping. Should be pretty much spot on your budget.
The Graham Slee Novo appears to be really interesting but it's way over my budget. Maybe I can find an used one or I'll save my money until I can reach that budget.
Audio-GD NFB-15.32 is another nice model but I wish it had line-in so that I could use my Xonar DX (I'm a PC gamer too). I've seen the NFB-16 but it seems portable and battery powered.
I'm wondering if a Little Dot or a Schiit (Magni or Asgard 2) could be a nice improvement over Fiio.
Furthermore, do you think that a better DAC could improve more than a better amp?
Thanks for all your suggestions!
Is space a problem? You can find very good vintage receiver/amplifier that you can drive your Tannoy with, and use the Headphone out with cans. Cons is they are huge.
If you're just looking for headphone amp, then the Little Dot 1 is really nice for the price. Also, don't drive the Topping with the headphone out of an amplifier.
Not really a matter of space. I will update my current T-class amp with an integrated AB-class one (i.e. NAD or similar), but now I've got a limited budget. Furthermore, the NAD i've looked at has a huge output impedance (60-70 Ohm).
For now, I'd like to improve headphones rig ;)
The 1+ got some nice synergy with Grados. The Mk 2 3 4 is more suited toward high impedance headphone.
It's been a while since I last heard a Tannoy setup. But the Marantz Pm 6004 + Tannoy Mercury v1 is a pretty nice bedside rig that I had the chance to listen to - the headphone out of the 6004 is quite nice too. If budget is a concern, you can go for the vintage Marantz Pm 44/66/80SE.
As a result of a internet search, I found the following models of integrated amplifiers (in alphabetical order):
I'd like to test them to listen how they drive my Tannoys, but I'm not sure I will able to do that. However, I'm pretty sure that all of these amps will sound good, with their slightly different sound signature.
I'm wondering which of them has the "best" headphone output. Has anyone of you more information or has the chance to listen to them?
I have the Denon pma 720 also and my brother too he bought the NAD 326bee first but returned it cause the Denon sounded better warmer and more punch in it,the NAD was more neutral a little flat also,the marantz is also really good and the Rotel does not have a remote control which sucks a lot.For speakers i have the Dali Zensor 7's and the combi with Denon is awesome don't know about Tannoy tho....I have not high end headphones i have the Sony xb700 and the ATH ws55 but the headphone output is very good much better then the Fiio e10 for example...:)