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Omg(oh my googenshtop) i tried getting these on their first dropp but you know a bro broke. What amp/ ark do you recommend for these?
I have listened to them through many sources and, honestly, don't rush to amp them. I spend most of my time listening to them straight out of my new S10 and it drives them beautifully. They are very sensitive.
Oh! I just got the s10 too! Thanks for the advice. Is there a recommendation for amp?
Congrats! My recommendation is to listen through the sources you already have first - if you’re loving it, you’re set. It’s an unpopular opinion here but the S10 is capable of tapping most of their potential, as are most other high quality sources. Have fun!
Get the Darkvoice 336se then get a couple decent tubes, Well worth it.
An S10 will make the HD 650 plenty loud enough if you just want to start that way. A better amp isn't usually about just ”louder sound, ” it has more to do with compression, distortion, and reducing a bunch of other things that limit the sound quality.
@erickong ’s link leads to a VERY active discussion with many amp recommendations. People give a wide range of suggestions from personal experience or what their favorite influencer recommends (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but let me give you a few guidelines:
The best smartphones with headphone jacks, like those from Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Apple (R.I.P. iPhone SE) have audio components about equal to an $80-$100 (US$) portable DAC/amp. So, something like an Audioquest Dragonfly Black would be more of a side-grade than an upgrade, where as something with better components (like an Audioquest Dragonfly Red) or larger size (like desktop gear from Schiit, Meier Audio, Cavalli Audio, JDS Labs, etc) can bring a better sense of note separation, finer ”grain” or more crisp detail, more dynamic sound, larger sense of space and a better ”image” of where a sound came from in that space, and the kind of performance that will really let you know when you are listening to a high-quality recording.
I do think the HD 6XX sounds good out of a high-quality smartphone (often better than out of a computer or laptop), but even the best sounding smartphone on the market (LG V40) can not deliver the HD 6XX’s maximum potential. I think that is a positive thing: you can enjoy a simple setup, or heighten the quality without having to buy new headphones.