Originally Posted by davisxu
any other opinions? I'm find that the sound off of my Centrance DacPort is too bright... any cheap tube amplifiers to drive the HD800?
Also, besides the dacport, what else is USB powered, 1/4" terminated, and can drive a HD800? Also interested in desktop amps (I currently have the NuForce HDP) with tubes?
Again, cant speak for HD800, but I recently got the Little Dot MKIII tube amp, its only 200 dollars, but has plenty of power for T1's and sounds far better than Nuforce HDP; in fact, to put it nicely, HDP's headphone out sounds like crap next to it, lean, thin, lifeless, dull, plasticky... So, you might wanna take a look at Little dot. They also have the MK4, which is more expensive, but takes it up to a different level. Also take a look at Darkvoice tube amps, and Bottlehead crack. Depends on your budget... I find T1's listenable with MKIII, didn't find it listenable with HDP. What I mean by that, I rather even listen to my 8 year old Sennheiser HD212 than T1's with most music when used with HDP, thats how bad it is, so I assume HD800, which is even more amp dependent, cant be any better.
Edited by derbigpr - 8/8/13 at 3:22am