I'm in the market for a good 'Home' headphone amp. I've been searching through posts here and reviews on the web and I'm totally overloaded at the moment with all the amps out there.
I'm torn between tube and solid state first of all. I've always wanted to try a tube amp as the only experience I have is from when I was a kid and my Dad ran those amps. He always loved them but I was too young to remember anything about them. That was back in the 70's, (41 years old here).
My main headphones are the Grado 325i and I plan to eventually upgrade to a higher end Grado in time.
I'm looking for an amp that will compliment the grado's and future Grado's I might own.
All that said I'd consider solid state if it's really the best way to go. I listen to a lot of rock, metal, pop, some folk, and I really enjoy female singers such as Sarah McLaughlin, Tori Amos, Sarah Brightman etc..
I prefer my music to sound open/spacious, clean, detailed, and I like warm towards neutral. (My Grado's are a little on the bright side and that is why i thought a tube amp might be the way to go).
Budget: I don't really have a budget but I'd like to keep it around or below $600 for the amp including a DAC or I can add additional money towards a good DAC.
Any and all input welcome.
I own a Fiio E12 for a portable and because I'm so happy with the performance I now realize I want a good home amp just for my cans.
Edited by Amish - 6/17/14 at 7:34pm