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Sennheiser HD518 + Audinst HUD mini vs Sennheiser HD650 + Audinst HUD mini

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I currently have Audinst HUD mini dac/amp. it drives low impedence headphones like hd518 well. As its a USB powered device without a wall plug, I believe its not a very powerful amp. Maybe something like FiioE10.

 

I plan to upgrade to HD650 or perhaps AKG Q701. I understand HD650 needs lots of power, and HUD mini will not bring it to its full potential.

 

But will I hear an upgrade with 650 over HD518 or will it sound even worse with mini? I plan to pick a dedicated amp like schiit vali but that has to wait a few months.

 

Also if someone has heard all HD518, HD650, AKG Q701, can you tell which is more transparent with least grain?

 

I enjoy sound sig of 518 a lot but I also want to try different signatures. is Q701 mellow and dark or bright and thin sounding?

 

Thanks in advance.

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I would say the HD650 will sound better, even if the amp isn't great. I've used 650s off audio interfaces that i don't think had good amps (we basically had them on max volume) and they still sounded good.

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Thanks for reply.

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