single ended and / or balanced and enuff power to drive very high impedance headphones?
What kind of high impedance are you talking about? I have Sennheiser HD650s and an IFI Zen DAC. The IFI Burr Brown DAC is a nice warm blanket with power match on the Zen DAC enabled. Those are 300ohm headphones and it drives them very well. I rarely go past noon on the volume pot. The Zen DAC has balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn and unbalanced 1/4in jacks.
The warmest I’ve heard are the IFI Burr Brown stuff.
What are you trying to drive?
for combo units? I would throw in the Schiit Hel on that one. Really powerful warm sounding though it’s for “gaming” still really good lol
HD600’s are likely the highest…but perhaps the DT880 or 990 600 ohm.
I totally forgot about the iFi Micro.
does Aune have anything? swappable op amps on a combo would be very cool.
The Hel is warm? Haven’t heard it, but just thought it followed suit of the Heresy on the analytical side.
Is this the warmest in a specific price range, or just overall?
I heard the Donald DAC and the Liquid Spark are pretty warm combo. if you want higher end, the RNHP and Bifrost DAC
It’ll drive the 600s no problem. I don’t know about the DT880s. That might be pushing it. I don’t think you’ll use the full potential if you go with a Zen DAC. It would need a better amp I would assume.
I can drive my 660s’s to an OK level on the Micro’s eco setting but normal will give you some extra and no real need for the turbo setting tbh.
Ifi Zen dack + bottlehead crack. Done
Edit: no solid state amp can hold a candle to a proper tube amp for warmth.
asgard 3 with the internal multibit card is pretty warm and powerful
you want a combo correct? not separates?
yes, a combo.
any really good tube hybrid combo units out there?
iFi Pro iDSD would give you pretty much all you’ll ever need in one box, other wise it’s separates i guess
There’s also the xduoo ta-30
yeh…well outta my budget unfortunately.
true…but just because something exists doesn’t mean it’s worthy.
is it not good? my bad, I don’t know much about the amp… that said I think tube hybrid combos are pretty rare so I was just throwing out an option
I haven’t heard good or bad things about it…but I would hope I’d only get suggestions that people know are good.
ah yes I completely understand… I normally put ‘I haven’t heard it but…’ infront of a suggestion I haven’t heard so that’s my bad… thanks for keeping me in check lol