Let me start by saying I love the detail my Shure 940s bring and not looking to change cans. BUT, they can tend to be a little clinical and lack engagement.
So, I was thinking... If I paired them up with a little Dot 1+ or Mk II, I could get the best of both worlds. The warmth of the tubes without losing all of the detail. It might take a little Tube rolling (which would be fun in itself) but I am hoping I can add in the warmth that the tubes bring to the Shure 940s.
Of course I am new to the whole Tube thing. Currently driving the headphones out of an older Integrated. The integrated is much much better than directly to a portable (iPhone or the like), but not there yet.
Other Components -
- Apple TV
- Schiit Modi 2
- Myryad Intgrated
- Quad 22L Speakers (if you care)
If you'd like to alter the sound of your headphones without using EQ, then a tube amp will give you some flexibility by rolling tubes and in the case of the LD 1+, the opamp as well. For example, Ei 6HM5 tubes will give you more warmth while the Voskhod 6ZH1P-EV gives more upper treble detail.
The Little Dot is a very well received and well built unit. Trying out different tubes is fun, tho the differences between them are subtle in my case. For around $250, you can set yourself up with a new amp, a few pairs of tubes ($10-$40 a pair shipped) and possibly an opamp or two.
Very interesting, I was think the Voskhod tubes, but it sounds like that might not get me the goal of adding warmth.
I have played around with the EQ option, I am able to change the sound signature, the 940s will basically do anything I want them to from an EQ standpoint. That said, they are fairly unforgiving. I don't know the right words for it but they can tend to accentuate what I might call the "digital" sound. My understanding is that Tubes will tend to soften that.
In any case, it sounds like the little dot 1+ might be a good place to start. I have also recently seen the "garage" tube amps spoken of. Any thoughts or experience on those?