Thoughts on the Maverick Audio Tube magic A1 + D2 DAC, + the HE-500s
May 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

catcherfly

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Hi, 
I am about to spend some money on a headphone amp, DAC, and most likely a pair of HE-500s. Presently I own a pair of Grado SR -225is that I listen to through my receiver. I have a number of questions but the most pressing is whether the A1 can power the HE-500s.  I am thinking of the A1 Amp and probably the D2 DAC as entry level purchases. Eventually I would like to buy the Bottlehead S.E. 2.1. My two reasons for wanting the A1 is to own an affordable tube headphone amp that can also power a small pair of speakers in my art studio.
I have also considered the Grado RS1is instead of the HE-500s, thinking it would be a good match with a warm sounding amp but I believe the HE-500s will be a better investment with the option to upgrade cables down the road, and since I already have the SR -225is, I thought a good pair of Orthos would be a great addtion. 
Considering these variables, does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks!
 
May 14, 2013 at 8:10 AM Post #3 of 7

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Ok, thanks. Do you know if the Audio-GD Compass 384 would power the HE-500?
 
May 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM Post #5 of 7

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Speaker amps all the way! If you already have some small speakers then why not...?
 
The compass can put out more than enough power.
 
May 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM Post #6 of 7

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Thank you! My plan, then, is to buy the A1 and the Compass for speakers and the HE-500
 
May 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM Post #7 of 7

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EDIT: Ooops I can say I have given you misleading information. I talked about the compass 2. Can't find the specs on the compass 384
 

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