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    As per the title I'm looking for a headphone amp capable of driving my Sennheiser HD650 and HD600. I've been using a Creek unit but it's not up to the job. My budget is around £300 and I'm more than happy to buy a used amp. Cheers.
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    I like my Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear. You may find one 2nd hand in budget.
    There may be others, but I have no experience of them.
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    Rega EAR MKII drives 600/650's well.

    Graham Slee Novo is pretty good as well.

    S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    I like my Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear. You may find one 2nd hand in budget.
    There may be others, but I have no experience of them.
    I've got the Diamond Edition and it works well with the HD580 (similar to 600) but I do find the sound a bit too warm with the 650s.

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    Ifi Zen Can looks good for the cash. Should be able to drive pretty much anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    As per the title I'm looking for a headphone amp capable of driving my Sennheiser HD650 and HD600. I've been using a Creek unit but it's not up to the job. My budget is around £300 and I'm more than happy to buy a used amp. Cheers.
    Get one of these mate (as I did), and be prepared to be blown away: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2019-New-...72.m2749.l2649

    Sounds like something at least five times the price!

    Plus, it's totally safe on UK mains.

    Marco.
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    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

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    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Get one of these mate (as I did), and be prepared to be blown away: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2019-New-...72.m2749.l2649

    Sounds like something at least five times the price!

    Plus, it's totally safe on UK mains.

    Marco.
    It says 220 VAC in the listing, which is fine if your mains voltage averages out as being lower than 242 VAC (the spec is based around +10% and -6%)
    The European standard is for 230 VAC, which with the +10% gives a high voltage of 253 VAC, which is too high.

    Safe in some parts of the UK is a better description.
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    Hi Chris,

    Exactly my thoughts when I bought it, hence why I was considering installing a step-down/bucking transformer.

    However, after Alan (Firebottle's) comments here: https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...69#post1220469 regarding double-insulated, fully-regulated supplies (the main reason I bought this unit in the first place), I didn't bother with a bucking transformer, and subsequently have experienced no issues whatsoever in the month or so I've used it since.

    Indeed, it doesn't even get hot, after being switched on for hours, and my mains has been measured at 242V

    Therefore, for that reason I'd have no qualms whatsoever recommending this unit to anyone else, on either the grounds of safety or sonic ability; indeed in terms of the latter it is superb, and as such offers very high SPPV. Think of this as a £500 device (minimum), for £400 less!



    And one of the great things about it, which can be a problem with some lower-sensitivity headphones, it that it has oodles of gain, and so can drive ANY set of headphones no matter their impedance value. It's impeccably built too, plus the seller is a joy to deal with - builds them to order, normally completed in 4-5 days and shipped immediately after that. Mine was delivered a few days later.

    In short, I can't recommend this headphone amp enough, or indeed the seller!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    always handy having a variac in the house in case. good for warming up a machine thats not been on for some time too.
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