Looking for a good amplifier

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  1. mod853
    Hey!

    I would like some recommendations on what headphone amp I should buy.

    Headphones it will power:
    HiFiMAN HE4XX
    Beyerdynamic DT770
    Verum 1
    Future purchases might include Sennheiser HD600/HD650 or more planars like Sundara.

    Features it needs:
    Low output impedance, less than 2ohm, preferably under 1ohm or as low as possible.
    Powerful, over 0.5w at 8-16ohm and 32ohm, preferably over 1w though to future proof myself.

    My current dac/amp is an FX-AUDIO- DAC-X6 and i will continue using it as a dac. A dac will be a future upgrade.

    My budget is somewhere in the range of max 250$ to 350$ preferably the lower but i can stretch it.
    I'm also sorry to say but aesthetics are a consideration as well but it falls very low in the order of importance. To get a feel for what i like my personal favourite for looks has to be either the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2 or the LakePeople Phone-Amp G109-P, too bad i'm not willing to spend that much on an amp. I also like the big receiver style of something like the Asgard 2. I do not like the look of iFi iDSD.

    I have taken a look at magni 3 and 2u but i am a bit hesitant because they would cost around 160$ and at that price there might be better things to look at that outperforms them. I also read a few reviews that say they might sound compressed.
    I've also taken a loot at the NFB-11.28 but it would cost me over 400$ after toll and tax.

    Thank you for any help or recommendations offered! And have a lovely day!
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  2. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    If you can stretch it, go for the Meier Jazz FF, or the Schiit Lyr 2.

    If you're sticking to the low end, there's the Asgard.
     
  3. buke9
    Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid 1W @ 50 ohms output impedance < .5 ohms. A very solid amp for the price. Runs HE-500’s very well and also like it with the HD-650’s (6xx’s in my case) a lot also just behind a Bottlehead Crack. I’m sure it would stretch the budget with import taxes and the other fees but a very nice amp nonetheless.
     
  4. mod853
    I don't know how I feel about tubes is the problem. And it's maximum power is 1w at 50ohm. At 8-32 it could be significantly lower but I'd need to see measurements .
     
  5. kukkurovaca
    The designer is pretty active in the CTH thread, I bet if you asked there he could confirm for you.
     
  6. buke9
    The Tube is very inexpensive to replace and readily available. Not sure why you want so much power for the cans you have . The planars yes they like power but the 770’s not for sure they need that much never heard of the other.
     
  7. kukkurovaca
    How about an Emotiva A-100 with the jumpers in and an iFi IEMatch : )
     
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  9. mod853
    I think the Emotiva would have too high output impendance and noise floor. Also i would never need the amount of Power that thing pushes. I also heard that it could cause distortion in combination with the verum 1's
     
  10. mod853
    I will need Power to push the Verum 1's, they require minimum 0.5w at 12ohm recommended is 1w. I also want to set myself up for the future :)
     
  11. mod853
    Yeah i was concidering the asgard, as for the other ones i don't want to spend that much on a headphone amp.
     
  12. buke9
    Didn’t think I’ve heard of them until looking them up. I believe they were on the DIY thread here as I remember the outside grill .
     
  13. Oscar-HiFi
    Take a look at the Burson Fun, the basic version is $299 and is quite detailed and neutral, I would recommend going up to the V6 Vivid or Classic op-amps if you can afford it though.
     
  14. mod853
    What do you guys think about aune? i could get either x1s or x7s for around 250$, otherwise i'm thinking about the asgard 2 from schiit. Or maybe it's worth it to save up and get the jotunheim with the dac upgrade for around 500.
     
  15. buke9
    Have not heard a Aune myself so don’t know. I have not heard a Jot yet either been around one several times but didn’t have the time to listen to one. I’m not a big fan of a Schiit amps other than a Mjolnir 2 that one I do like but way over your budget . Not a Schiit hater as I own several other of their products like Yggdrasil,Freya,Mani and a Sys just not a fan of the amps. I have to say I haven’t heard any bad things about Aune so that is something.
     
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