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    I have 650s. Used to listen on Naim Headline powered from 552; it was fine. Sold that, moved to venerable Cyrus One as a stopgap and got a totally different presentation; very good nonetheless. With my newish Myryad Z40 I'm listening to different cans; a world away from what I have been hearing these last 6 years. Sources are Lector valved CDP, Naim 01 tuner and N.A. Dais/12" PU7 with Transfig. Proteus. Oh yes, a lot of tv too.

    Conclusion? Headphone amp's make a hell of a difference. I've tried them on my Pioneer amp. in the office and Sony in the kitchen. Functional but that's it. A dedicated h/phone amp to suit your cans is a no-brainer.

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    Stans head amp was supposed to be good with sennys
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Stans head amp was supposed to be good with sennys
    It is
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Stans head amp was supposed to be good with sennys
    Had one. Didn't like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    I have 650s. Used to listen on Naim Headline powered from 552; it was fine. Sold that, moved to venerable Cyrus One as a stopgap and got a totally different presentation; very good nonetheless. With my newish Myryad Z40 I'm listening to different cans; a world away from what I have been hearing these last 6 years. Sources are Lector valved CDP, Naim 01 tuner and N.A. Dais/12" PU7 with Transfig. Proteus. Oh yes, a lot of tv too.

    Conclusion? Headphone amp's make a hell of a difference. I've tried them on my Pioneer amp. in the office and Sony in the kitchen. Functional but that's it. A dedicated h/phone amp to suit your cans is a no-brainer.
    Still unconvinced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratmangler View Post
    I've not heard the HD-600s.
    Are they anything like the HD-650s?
    If so, that could well be why you can't hear any real differences between amplifiers.

    I have heard HD-560s, and they're far more accurate than the HD-650s.
    The 600's sit between the 650 and 590. The 650 are a lot smoother and to me sounded a little dull where as the 600's are a bit livelier. I sold my 590's on as they were a little raucous for me.
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    try some oppos.. nice cans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyddroid View Post
    Still unconvinced.
    Your privilege, but the conclusions drawn from your experience is at odds with, I would suggest, most people's experience. Just as different integrated or pre-power amp's react with speakers differently, so do headphone amp's (which are effectively the same thing) with different headphones. Your Senn's are 300 ohms, like mine, and don't represent a difficult load to your average can amp. though it helps to have a wee bit of welly in the circuit, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyddroid View Post
    The 600's sit between the 650 and 590. The 650 are a lot smoother and to me sounded a little dull where as the 600's are a bit livelier. I sold my 590's on as they were a little raucous for me.
    The raucous bit is interesting.
    My friend with the NAD3020 has the HD-560s, and he hated them driven by the NAD. Said that they ripped his head off.
    We stuck a decent headphone amp in front of them (ie my Graham Slee Solo SRG II) and he was quite literally blown away - the grip and dynamics were something he'd never heard before, and the cans no longer made a sound to rip his head off.

    Just to pour a bit more petrol on the flames, I use AKG K702s, because they have a pretty flat response and sound right to me.
    The HD-650s on the other hand sounded as thought someone had dropped a blanket on them. To get any detail out of them in the high frequencies I had to turn them up, and then they were too loud and made my ears ring after listening to an album. Could be where the Sennheisers developed a reputation for needing a grippy stage.

    I had the opportunity to hear some HD-700s up at wee tee cee's place a few months back - I wish I'd given them a drive ....
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    Chris. Iíve got HD 700ís your are more than welcome to try for week or so if you wish.

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