New poster here. Hello!
What kind of headphones are being used? I’m considering a pair with high impedance (Senn HD600) or not (AKG K712).
New poster here. Hello!
So happy to see this topic. Shopping for headphones and wondering if my C388 dedicated headphone amp is any good.
Like I said, I would recommend AKG for classicial and jazz. HD600 are extremely neutral and is often used as reference when testing other headphones. They're really great and to my ears they have substantial bass even though the HD650 added more bass. However, if you're leaning towards the AKG you certainly have your sight on a nice pair of headphones. If you find them too lean in the bass region you can probably adjust your NAD amp by adding more bass. They should be great for you. And yes, I will get back when I have had time to listen to the HD600 directly through the NAD amp. As of now I have had only 30 minutes or so listening to this C388, so it's still very early for me to say pretty much anything. Only that I was very pleased plugging in it and what I heard right away. It was a very clear improvement compared to the previous one.Thank you for the info rimbaud65! I’ve read 100’s of HD600/650 and K712 reviews trying to figure out which I’d prefer. I listen to a lot of jazz, indie, classic/new soul and some classical (HD600’s, right?). But I LOVE detail, and enjoy feeling like I can hear every nuance and breath of a vocalist or subtle guitar work (K712?). I also play games occasionally (K712). Reviews make the Senns sound like a cant-miss for music, but the AKGs seem to fit my needs. Great to read about a similar situation with the C388, an I’m curious how it sounds powering the HD600’s when you have the time.
I really like the C388 as well. I didn’t notice a break in period - it’s doing what it did when I first fired it up, which is powering my B&W CS9s with ease and sounding great. But I was hoping it might open up after a while - I could use more midrange as vocals seem recessed. But that could be my speakers/turntable cartridge/tube preamp setup...
Yes sir, I hear you. Capacitors might need some time to go for 100%. But I agree, this whole field is a bit tricky and lots of impressions given are most likely psychological in nature. It's like a TV setting, yesterday it was so perfect in colour but today it's not the same. What happened? Having said all this I think most people would say there is a bit of time to get an amp to its full potential.Thanks but I don't need your counsel to state mine on the subject.
Thanks for replying. After a day or two this has been sorted out and there is actually a way to connect. You can connect from pre out on your NAD to line in on your dedicated amp, but then also go in and turn off speaker A on the menu system. I will compare the headphone amp inside the NAD with my other amps later on, so we will se how good it is.
Sorry, I haven't really have time to make an extensive listening. Just when IBumping this thread. Rimbaud65: did you have a chance to test the headphone amp on the C388? Wondering how it handles the HD600!
Sorry to say I haven't had time really to fully test the NAD amp for headphones, so I'll have to get back to you on that as far as a review. Having said that, I did plug my Sennheisers in and you do get volume and I would in fact think that it is fine enough, but compared to a dedicated amp with high quality it's another story. I can definitely say Sennheisers wants tube amps, so if you are to buy I would higly recommend a tube amp of some sort.I am also now interested in connecting a headphone amp to the c388. How did you get the instructions you describe? I can’t find anything out there - NAD makes it really difficult to figure out.
Does that mean you’re shutting down your speakers every time you want to use headphones? I figured you could just turn down the volume, but that makes sense.
Also, we never found out how your headphones sound on the built in amp! I actually called NAD today and they wouldn’t tell me what the power output was, so it’s safe to assume it’s not strong. But I’m still curious to know before buying a set of cans.