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Hi, I'm planning on buying a good amp... maybe around $300.00 top.

 

What would you recommend for the best sound quality possible using now the closed ATH A900X and a soon to be bought (next year I hope) HiFiMAN HE-500 ????

 

I listen to instrumental music, mostly film soundtracks. My collection is mainly original Cds, and some FLAC (and I adore the more open and breathable sound of the 24bit/96khz files) using my Panasonic DMP-BDT220 bluray player at the moment for source (which can play up to 32bit/192khz FLAC files)

 

thank you so much in advance guys!

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Originally Posted by Oscarilbo View Post
 

Hi, I'm planning on buying a good amp... maybe around $300.00 top.

What would you recommend for the best sound quality possible using now the closed ATH A900X and a soon to be bought (next year I hope) HiFiMAN HE-500 ????

I listen to instrumental music, mostly film soundtracks. My collection is mainly original Cds, and some FLAC (and I adore the more open and breathable sound of the 24bit/96khz files) using my Panasonic DMP-BDT220 bluray player at the moment for source (which can play up to 32bit/192khz FLAC files)

thank you so much in advance guys!

An external DAC & amp with a S/PDIF optical input should provide good audio quality.

But not sure about what amps work well for the HE-500.

For now, you could get an ($175) Audioengine D1 external DAC/Amp (optical input), to drive the ATH-A900X.

May or may not change to something else when you get the HE-500

post #3 of 8
Apparently, the Project Sunrise II should work well with the HE-500s. At this price point, there are few new amps which will do them justice. Maybe consider an older (60s or 70s) integrated. These tended to run the output stages of the speaker amp via a resistor to the headphone socket, and will provide enough current to drive orthos (provided they are up to spec).
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Thanks for both fin suggestions...

 

I guess it may be better to get a portable amp now, and a better tube amp later.

 

for the portable the D1 seems great, but I want to move around my house with my a900X and outside with my sansa clip+ and my yuinPk2 (forgot to mention them), and I think maybe the Fiio17 is the right for it.

 

Now for a tube amp, that Project Sunrise II its a great option, but I may be targeting the Bottlehead Crack tube amp, but only as long as they can ship it already built, and if can be sent built with the Speedball upgrade kit already installed eve better. I don't live in USA and don't want to risk my investment at all.

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Originally Posted by Oscarilbo View Post
 

Thanks for both fin suggestions...

 

I guess it may be better to get a portable amp now, and a better tube amp later.

 

for the portable the D1 seems great, but I want to move around my house with my a900X and outside with my sansa clip+ and my yuinPk2 (forgot to mention them), and I think maybe the Fiio17 is the right for it.

 

Now for a tube amp, that Project Sunrise II its a great option, but I may be targeting the Bottlehead Crack tube amp, but only as long as they can ship it already built, and if can be sent built with the Speedball upgrade kit already installed eve better. I don't live in USA and don't want to risk my investment at all.

The Sandisk Sansa Clip + should easily be able to drive the 40-Ohm ATH-A900X on it's own.

Have you though about Rockboxing the Clip+?

 

As the Fiio E17 can connect to the Panasonic's optical port and the E17 can also act as headphone amplifier between the Clip+ and A900X, guess it makes sense to get one.

post #6 of 8
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Well...

 

yes, the sansa clip+ does drive the a900x very well indeed, but if I could get an even fuller, clearer, and wider sound, I think may worth a try.

 

by the way, talking about the panasonic bluray player, it has a pretty decent 32bit/192khz internal DAC, but only has the DVD analog audio OUT, that means two for audio (L,R) and one for video, but just not a dedicated L,R only output for CD playing. Should the 32/192 quality work anyway using those L,R outs into a headphone amp with analog INPUTS???

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Originally Posted by Oscarilbo View Post
 

yes, the sansa clip+ does drive the a900x very well indeed, but if I could get an even fuller, clearer, and wider sound, I think may worth a try.

 

by the way, talking about the Panasonic bluray player, it has a pretty decent 32bit/192khz internal DAC, but only has the DVD analog audio OUT, that means two for audio (L,R) and one for video, but just not a dedicated L,R only output for CD playing. Should the 32/192 quality work anyway using those L,R outs into a headphone amp with analog INPUTS???

The red/white analog audio RCA outputs on the BDT-220 should work with just about any headphone amplifier you could hook up to it (like the Fiio E17).

All you would need to connect the E17 to the BDT-220 is an RCA to 3.5mm (1/8") cable.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

The red/white analog audio RCA outputs on the BDT-220 should work with just about any headphone amplifier you could hook up to it (like the Fiio E17).

All you would need to connect the E17 to the BDT-220 is an RCA to 3.5mm (1/8") cable.

 

really? great to know... So I have my own DAC then...

 

by the way....

 

reading more and more about I found this baby really exciting:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-X3-Mastering-Quality-Wolfson/dp/B00E9O6C96/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_6

 

what do you think?

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