I have been reading the reviews and forum post of this site for over a year now finally few months back started into joining the hobby for myself. After months of reading I finaly made up my mind and got a Sennheiser HD650. I was very confused at the store where I demoed it few other units. My confusion was between the HD650 and the HE400 by hifiman. Wierdly,after a week I also got the hifiman :P
I wanted a bottlehead crack for my HD650 but I cant happen to find it near where i live, (I am originally from asia,, but now in UK cause of studies). The amps that i got now are iCAN by IFI audio and iTUBE,a tube buffer kind of thing that adds some "tube-like" feel to the setup. I use this for the HD650, it sounds good to my ear but will the Bottleneck crack be an improvement from this?
Also I dont have any amp for the HE400, I use that with a FIIO E12 montblac portable amp and sometimes from a Littledot 1+ tube amp. I want a nicer amp for this one as well.
As I am a student my budget is not very much. right now i can stretch about 200-220 GBP.(about 300 USD) But I am saving so it will grow a little bit. My questions are,
1--- What would be a nice amp to go with HE400 that will be a good update from Fiio E12 and Littledot 1+ at near 200-250 USD.
2---- Will bottleneck crack be a good update from ifi ican and ifi itube combo for HD650?
My source is a HP envy i7 Laptop>Asus Xonar U7 external card or the Fiio X3. I mostly listen to classical, slow rock, country, rnb, hip hop, some raps as well and some instrumentals.
My musics are still mostly 320kbps mp3s but I am slowly shifting towards flacs.
My excuse any typos or mistake if i have made any, writing it at 4:29am after a long day.
Thanks for taking time and trying to help me out