I’m planning on buying the hd560s and I’m currently running my hd599’s through my auioquest dragonfly red. I know the dragonfly red is not a good value dac/amp but I bought it four years ago when I was stupid. As a dac it is somewhat reasonable but I want cleaner and more powerful output so I’m now looking for an amp around 100 bucks to pair with my dragonfly red. Anyone got any suggestions?
Ps. the atom amp is out of question since I really dispise rgb and I don’t like the build of that amp.
that’s the build you’re going to find for most $100 amps. and all of them have some sort of LED to show it’s own or what mode / status it’s in.
most are more subtle than the Atom tthough…and based on your comment about not liking it’s build quality, which I assume means plastic case, look at the Schiit Magni 3+ or Heresy amps. they’re case is metal, their power / mode / status is a single LED like most electronics. note that the Magni 3+ is only silver while he Heresy is only black. the Magni 3+ has a warmer sound signature than the Heresy as well.
I was thoroughly surprised when we compared my Denon DMA715R with the Hegel 90. The Denon is 25+ years old and was around $500, the Hegel was around $1500! The Hegel was better, but not $1500 better! At least not on the test speakers (some $1000 Dali).
If you want a THX amp for a $100, Magni Heresy. If you want something more musical and tiny bit more fun Magni 3+. 3+ is a steal for the tech inside, Magni Heresy has the best in class power and clean for the price.
Magni Heresy sounds better than my THX 887 ESPECIALLY comparing single ended outputs.
L30 is quite nice for what it is. Especially if you can get it cheaper anyway it’s a solid pick in my opinion. Though, I am not quite sure why one would be worried about build on an amp or dac just because it has a plastic case… it just kind of sits there on your desk lol.
depends on the headphones your using. Dragonfly red isn’t all that great imo but it does pack some power and can drive 250 ohm headphones like the beyers well enough. Upgrading the amp will give you more headroom, other sound qualities, and be able to power the most power requiring of headphones such as the 600 ohms or heavier amp requiring headphones like argons