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Sennheiser HD650 amp/dac advice

post #1 of 7
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Hi,

 

I am basically only going to receive money for Christmas this year, so I'm probably going to buy the HD650's. What would be a good starting amp/dac for the HD650?

 

Thanks,

Sevin

post #2 of 7

Please provide us with a budget.

 

My first suggestion would be the JDS Labs ODAC+O2 amp combo, but it costs around $300.  This is an amp and DAC combo that you will probably find yourself not needing to upgrade for years to come.

 

What device do you use to conduct more of your listening?  If the PC is the answer then a USB DAC is a must unless you have a decent soundcard already.

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

Please provide us with a budget.

My first suggestion would be the JDS Labs ODAC+O2 amp combo, but it costs around $300.  This is an amp and DAC combo that you will probably find yourself not needing to upgrade for years to come.

What device do you use to conduct more of your listening?  If the PC is the answer then a USB DAC is a must unless you have a decent soundcard already.

I don't know what my exact budget will be, but I know I won't be getting any high-end stuff for now. For instance, the Asgard 2 + BiFrost combo would be pushing it.

I'm using a late-model iMac and iPhone for my listening. I know internal parts of the iMac are soldered, so I won't be able to replace its soundcard.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
I received a PM (kind of a solicitation) for the Geek Pulse/Geek Out combo. Does anyone have any thoughts on those, maybe compared to the O2/ODAC combo as well?
Edited by 7Sevin - 12/13/13 at 10:53am
post #5 of 7
Earmax + pico dac
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Violinboy123 View Post

Earmax + pico dac

 

That Earmax is incredibly expensive. Way out of my range.

post #7 of 7
Sorry I guess I'm out of the loop in earmax pricing. How 'bout the x-can?
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