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headphones + amp for $400

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by Easy Rhino, Sep 19, 2012.

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    Tube amplifiers color the sound and have bad characteristics when combined with with low impedance headphones. Generally do not buy them unless you have a combination where you think the sound quality is superior. Normal solid state amplifiers are much better in every aspect.
     
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    What would be the best desktop setup if I wanted to test the waters (IE lowest price). Something that will motivate me into investing in a setup close to $1000 in the future.

    I listen to all sorts of music. I love bass, but it doesn't have to be loud base, just crisp and clear. I also play games, mostly FPS and Eve Online, etc...

    If there is a portable setup that could do the trick, that will work also, I just figured a desktop would perform better at a lower price.

    There is a portable fiio amplifier, and while I read that their quality isn't really up to snuff, it is still an amp that has generally good reviews. I just wonder what a $30 amp can really do.
     
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    I also enjoy the classic look of the tube.
     
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    I think the O2 + oDAC is the way to go or possibly the new desktop version of the O2 which is due out shortly. With regards to headphones I think the cheapest way to get something really good is the Sennheiser HD580 they are very cheap used and you can get spare parts for them from Sennheiser. That is probably a $400 setup. I would not recommend FiiO they are obsolete designs.
     
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    There are some 595s for $110, though the used 580s are $200 minimum used. There is not a whole lot of used stock either.
     
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    Check head-fi.org they usually go for around $140ish.
     
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