Newbie HD650 Headphone Amp Advice Please

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  1. PN22

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    Hello

    As a newbie I'd be very grateful for some advice on what I suspect is a very basic question.

    I have a Marantz CD6003 + PM 6003 amplifier, Monitor BX1 speakers and HD650s. Almost all of my listening is done through the 650s, plugged into the headphone out on the PM6003. (I realise the CD6003 has a headphone amp built in but the remote does not work the volume control on the CD player, only on the amplifier, which is frustrating).

    Reading these forums, it appears that I might need more power, i.e. a dedicated headphone amp, to get the best out of the 650s. Is that correct?

    Daft question but what do I connect the headphone amp to - just to the CD player and completely ignore the PM6003?

    Any advice greatly appreciated.
     
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    As the CD player only has one set of outputs I think you would use the Tape Out of your amp to pass the analogue on to a headphone amp. Then you can use both without faffing about.

    I have barely used mine on way or the other...but if you have not heard of them check out the Little Dot range of amps, to go with your HD650. Good bang for your buck. Little Dot Amplifiers • View forum - Little Dot Models and Pricing

    PS there is a headphone section somewhere
     
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  4. PN22

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    Many thanks for the replies.

    Apologies, I didn't realise there was a separate headphone/headphone amp thread. I have will have a look at that.

    I'll also have a look at the Little Dot amplifiers. (Budget is about £300 - £400 for a headphone amplifier).

    Thanks again.
     
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    Power from you int amp is probably not a problem, often it's the headphnoe stages, they can be good to really crap, because headphones aren't the priority on int amps.

    loads of amps out there and you can pretty much spend as much as you have, but having heard a swag of demanding phones on this one, including the 650, I bought a Matrix.

    Matrix m-stage Headphone Amplifier | eBay

    It's as good to my ears as any $500 amp I've heard.
     
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  6. PN22

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    Thanks Drubbing.

    I have just had a look at the Matrix and it looks good.
     
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    Are you any good with a soldering iron? Or fancy using something you built yourself?

    If so try a Bottlehead Crack, after you have paid the import tax it comes out at about £220, sounds fantastic with Sennheisser high impudence headphones though, using it with some HD600's myself.

    If you live anywhere near Manchester and would like a listen PM me.

    Cheers Paul
     
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    X2 on the bottlehead crack. But you have to be good at DIY.

    You can also take a look at the HA-160..which can be found for £450. Does a nice work with senns, i own the D version with Pre and Dac.
     
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    Headphone outs from Marantz normally sound very good and in some cases as good as a dedicated amp. So dont let this forum sway you if the music sounds good then just play it and enjoy else to get a decent improvement you may end up paying a lot for an amp that gives a sizeable improvement.
     
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    Yes it is, they scale very well.
     
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    If you've the budget, I'd go for a Graham Slee Solo Master Class headphone amp.

    It's a little brighter/upfront and has loads of detail. Would cost about £350 2nd hand though.

    Should help with the smoothness of the HD650s
     
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    You might try the Firestone Audio Cute Beyond (currently £109 at Russ Andrews) with the Supplier Power Supply (£119). Beautiful little components and plenty of grunt to drive 650s. Currently using this setup with some AKG Q701s and am very impressed. Notable step up in performance from the none-too-shabby headphone out on my Cyrus 6XP amp.
     

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