Which amp for HD650
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So in my previous thread it was established that I should go for the HD650. Which I will, but they stated that I would need an amp to get the most out of the headphones.
 
What's the best amp to get for them? Let's go with:
Budget $100:
Budget $200:
Budget $300:
 
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Budget $300: Little Dot Mk III (~$240 shipped)
 
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I would avoid the uDAC, there's some pretty bad press about them as of late.
 
For your $100 budget the FiiO E9 should be able to adequately drive it.
 
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Millett Hybrid MiniMax - just a phenomenal match!
 
It will end your search - you won't be second guessing your decision!
 
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Thanks although some one also recommended Little Dot MKIII I will read up on both although reviews on the Little Dot MKIII are really positive for the HD 650. Thanks again everyone for the recommendations!
 
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Hi,
 
I would advice you a Lake people G93 (about 250$ I guess), or a G97 Amp but maybe a little bit expensive for your budget. Lake people amps are really dynamic , dry and precise, and they partly solve the problems of the headphone (even if I love this headphone, I admit the sound is a little veiled and "flabby": the lake people clearly wake it up!). Moreover, I think an amp like a littledot would make the sound of the HD650 too warm, I think. Personally my HD650 is coupled with a lake people G100, which makes a great job.
 
BTW Sorry if my english is not perfect :) .
 
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I really enjoy my Schiit Asguard ($249) with my 650's. I have also listened to a friend's Bottlehead Crack (with the speedball option - total $299) and love the tube sound there too. Can't go wrong with either. Good luck...
 
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You know I was reading on the Schiit Asgard review on CNET and they were raving about it. I may look into that one..thx!
 
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Mating 650 with a tube amp is good way to go, especially if you listen to jazz/vocal.
 
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I would avoid the uDAC, there's some pretty bad press about them as of late.
 
For your $100 budget the FiiO E9 should be able to adequately drive it.


The OP should not be buying a portable amp, regardless of budget. Also I strongly disagree with your suggestion.
 
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The OP should not be buying a portable amp, regardless of budget. Also I strongly disagree with your suggestion.


x2. No fiio ever fore me
 
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I didn't like the E9 much with the HD-650. Same with the Asgard. Well, the Asgard was OK, but I prefer it for the HD-600.
My favorite amp for the HD-650 is Headroom Micro Amp. Strangely it also seems to have good synergy with the AKG K601/K702, which is what I wanted.
 
The E9 is just "OK" for the HD-650. The HD-650 definitely won't be at it's best. Seriously, it had better synergy with my $99 Total Airhead. I wish I was joking!
 
 
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