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liscombc
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What's a good amp to go with this?
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Ventace
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Assuming it's the same sound and signature of the HD650's (as claimed in headfi's YouTube channel), then a good tube amp, especially the Schiit Valhalla 2, would really do these headphones justice. Tube amps go great with Sennheisers. If you want a great amp with more speed and life to it, the Bottlehead Crack with the Speedball upgrade is amazing too, but it requires being built by hand. If you want a good all-in-one DAC+Amp, the HeadphoneBar recommends using the JDS Labs Element. If you want a solid state amp with great build quality that is designed to sound like a tube amp, then go for the Ifi Micro ICan SE - their tube state technology, in my opinion, is impeccably beautiful. If you can't afford to break the bank for this, you can always get a Schiit Magni 2 (if you have to, I'd opt for the Uber), or if you want the luxurious sound of a tube amp for a low price, the Bravo Audio Ocean can also drive these well.
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liscombc
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Thanks for the advice ventace. I'm looking for my first pair of headphones. Could you recommend another pair of headphones that would require a less expensive amp? I wouldn't want to spend more than $300 all together.
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Ventace
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Well it honestly depends on what kind of sound you want. In my personal opinion, AKG's K7XX's sound great with an ODAC +O2 combo unit, however, like the HD650 and HD6XX's, they have great scaling so it's really open to future amp upgrades too. From Sennheiser, the HD598 is also a great choice. It's a bit 'lighter' in the way it's not bass-heavy, and it's a bit more even, but to some people who aren't used to the sound, it may seem 'lacking in bass' (I personally didn't). If you have a bit more money to spend on headphones rather than the Amp itself, I'd say the HD400S from HiFiman are really worth looking into. In my own opinion, along with Innerfidelity's review, the HE400S 'dethrones' the HD650s as the best headphones in this price point. http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/terrific-hifiman-he400s-planar-magnetic-headphones#UtjC5x0uvx5UCU2p.97 On the other hand, Headfonic's review claims that the mids aren't as pronounced, and that the sound isn't as airy. http://headfonics.com/2015/11/the-he400s-by-hifiman/2/ If you want a nice airy sound with a bunch of energy, it's worth looking into Audio-Technica's open back audiophile headphones, specifically the AD700X and the AD900X. While many of the headphones mentioned do indeed benefit from a more expensive Amp, they (with the exception of the K7XX's) have a somewhat downwards scaling past something like the ODAC+O2 or Schiit Stack, meaning that paying more still has some gain, but not as much as the last dollar.
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Oh I somewhat missed the 'altogether' part. Well, personally I'd save up more :D But well, the best overall recommendation I can give you is the HD558 with the FiiO E10K. That was my first pair combo'd with my first amp, and I gotta say, they do sound great.
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liscombc
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Thank you!
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liscombc
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Thanks!
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