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Would this pair well with a pair of Sennheiser HD 650s?
There are two approaches to properly amping the HD650: 1) something that shows the headphone's inherent character or 2) something that provides a little more treble energy to shake off the "sennheiser veil." If you want the latter, this isn't the pairing for you, because as previously stated what the Grace does more than anything is get out of the way and lets the headphone do its thing. That means this pairing does much more of the former, you hear how the HD650 really sounds. It's incredibly detailed, the bass has a sort of refined grace, the treble has a relaxed smoothness that's simultaneously detailed. To some this sounds veiled and boring, to others it's the pinnacle of engaging treble and a deep soundstage that sounds like you're watching a concert from about the level of the soundboard, as opposed to the front row. If you want to "shake off the veil" I'd go with something a bit more energetic, like maybe a Lyr (with either solid state or more energetic tubes).
This pairing really shows what the DAC section is all about though, as the microdetail somehow manages to be both precise and crisp yet musical and relaxed. It's a sort of elegant beauty that sounds really classy. It's probably not the amp I'd use if I was building an HD650 system from scratch, but I've come to realize that has more to do with some dissatisfaction I personally have with the HD650's relaxed signature. I wanted an amp that would "fix" it, and as I've already stated, the m9XX isn't going to fix any issues you have with a headphone's signature, it's simply going to reflect the base signature, and refine the more technical aspects. I think of it like a photographer making a model look as beautiful as possible with skill in photography, without using photoshop to "fix" things. It brings out the best of what is available.
Any Schiit DAC/Amp combo that you would take over this amp? For the HD650 and TH-X00. Similar price ranges.
I think it's equivalent to a bifrost 4490 and Asgard.
Thanks for the detailed response!