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Sennheiser 558 plus Schiit Vali?

post #1 of 6
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Hello,
I listen to vinyl records through my headphones and am currently running my turntable (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) through a rather awful Sony AV receiver and I use Sennheiser HD 558s. I want to buy a dedicated phono stage, and then connect the phono stage to a headphone amp. The Vali seems perfect for me, especially the price point and the fact that it utilizes tubes, which I have always loved. Now, is this amp with those headphones a good pairing? I'm not knowledgeable enough to know, and want to make sure I wont damage anything or something else.
Thanks
post #2 of 6

I don't think that a tube or hybrid amp, especially on one the cheaper side, is a good match with this Senn.  The Senn is already a bit veiled and rolled off in its treble.  Such a pairing is highly likely to emphasize those weaknesses.  Add to this an analog source--and you start of pile on.

 

BTW: this is a good can in its price range.  However, like most good cans in this range, it has some weaknesses.


Edited by KG Jag - 12/11/13 at 4:33pm
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I don't think that a tube or hybrid amp, especially on one the cheaper side, is a good match with this Senn.  The Senn is already a bit veiled and rolled off in its treble.  Such a pairing is highly likely to emphasize those weaknesses.  Add to this an analog source--and you start of pile on.

 

BTW: this is a good can in its price range.  However, like most good cans in this range, it has some weaknesses.

Interesting, and thanks for your feedback. Any suggestions around that price range that won't emphasize the rolled off treble? I like tube-y sounds, but if it's going to be overly rolled off then I'll pass. 

post #4 of 6

A few thoughts.

 

The HD 558 doesn't strictly need an amp, but benefits from a good one.  I'd stick with something solid state like the very neutral O2 or one of the two cheaper solid state Schiits.

 

I too like the tuby sound (like solid state too).  However, a bright (and not veiled) can like the DT 880 seems to mate better with good-for-the-price-class under $200 tube and hybrid amps.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

A few thoughts.

 

The HD 558 doesn't strictly need an amp, but benefits from a good one.  I'd stick with something solid state like the very neutral O2 or one of the two cheaper solid state Schiits.

 

I too like the tuby sound (like solid state too).  However, a bright (and not veiled) can like the DT 880 seems to mate better with good-for-the-price-class under $200 tube and hybrid amps.

Thanks! I'll look into the ones you mentioned, should be interesting anyway. I wouldn't be getting an amp because the 558s are easy to drive anyway but due to my going to get a dedicated phono preamp, it just makes sense to pair that amp with a headphone amp instead of finding a preamp with a headphone jack, which I assume wouldn't sound as good as a dedicated amplifier. 

post #6 of 6

These days the headphone out of most modern A/V range between crap and mediocre.  However, there are exceptions.  Some Yamahas and Denons seem to be good.  I have good luck with the Yamaha Adventage line.  For a can like the HD 558, they should meet your needs.  Of course a vintage 70's or 80's receiver with a phono in would be even better for what you plan to do.

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