I received a pair of Sennheiser HD650 headphones today in the mail.
I've been searching around on the forum for quite some time, trying to figure out what AMP and DAC to buy in order to get the most out of the HD650s.
My budget is around 500$ (could possibly go a little higher).
As far as I can see from all the searching, my best bet for something under 1k would b Schiit.
I already own a FiiO E11 AMP (costed me 150dollars where I live) (portable) that I bought for my UERM. It seems to me that it was a complete waste of money since, to me, it does not improve the SQ very much.
I also need a DAC, but it's from my understanding not as important as a good AMP?
Would a cheap 100dollar DAC for example Schiit Modi be adequate?
For AMPs I understand that the best would be to buy a Bottlehead Crack kit, but I do not want to risk loosing my hearing because I soldered something incorrectly. Other than that, I understand that Asgard2, Valhalla and Lyr are supposedly all very good with the HD650? Tubes over SS for the HD650 right?
I also own the UERM which I'm not sure if would benefit much from an AMP or not, would it?
I've read that the Valhalla is not good for low impedance headphones and my UERMs are 35ohm which isn't exactly high imp.
If so then what AMP would suit both the HD650 and the UERM? (but mostly the HD650)
(the AMP and DAC will be used with my laptop NOT for portable use hence prioritizing the HD650 over the UERM)
I apologize for the post being so poorly written and that everything is all over the place.