Interested in Tube Amp - ~$400
Apr 30, 2015 at 1:37 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4

krazyxazn

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Headphones: Hifiman HE500 | Sennheiser HD600
Speakers: Monoprice 605500
Source: Audio-gd NFB 15.32
Want List: Beyerdynamic DT880/990
Music: Mostly pop music (female vocalist & electronic/synth), some hip/hop and folk.
Budget: ~$400
 
 
I've been interested in getting a tube amp for awhile now. Two of the popular choices seem to be Bottlehead Crack and Schiit Lyr 2. Feel free to recommend others.
 
Bottlehead Crack seems to be a popular recommendation for Sennheiser. I plan to pick up a Beyerdynamic so that'll give me two headphones for it. I need to pick up a soldering station to work on other projects so its a convenient excuse. It's also very customizable.
 
Schiit Lyr 2 has RCA output for speakers and support for low impedance headphones.
 
Is the Crack/Sennheiser combo really worth it? If I had known Bottlehead had a sale for Crack + Speedball for $300 a few weeks ago that would have made the choice easier.
 
May 1, 2015 at 3:06 AM Post #3 of 4

jodgey4

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An OTL amp will most different from SS amps, even to warmer gear like the NFB-15. I think an audition is your best bet, though Bottlehead kits are tons of fun if you like to tinker.
 

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