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post #1 of 8
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Before going on this shopping spree I was running some Senn 595 with Fiio e7. The e7 which I used as a usb dac/amp was nice until it crapped out just shy of a year from when I bought it. Now that I'm back to using onboard sound and I can hear the difference which bothers me. I realize $356 is minute when compared to audiophile grade gear but this is my first major step in to better sound. I just hope I get my monies worth out of what I purchased.

I chose this setup because of my limited funds for one and because of my musical preferences. Also I wanted to try some closed ear headphones. The only other thing I can think of is maybe I should have gotten a Fiio e17 (I really didn't want to do this because of what happened to my e7) or udac2 instead of the sound card and amp, I dunno know I'll just have to be confident with the decisions I made and roll with it. So what do you guys think?

(New) X-Fi Titanium HD - $95

(Used) Bravo Audio V1 6N11 Tube Hybrid amp (upgraded) - $75
New power switch
Replaced IRF630 to IRL530 (increases frequency range and reduces distortion)
Replaced LM317 with LM317A (reduces possible oscillations)
Replaced the power capacitor with one with proper voltage headroom
Replaced the output caps (increases lower frequency range)

(New) Mediabridge 3.5mm Male To(2) RCA Stereo Audio Cable 12 Ft. - $21 Shipping costs killed me on this $9 item. SMH

(New) Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80ohms - $165
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post #2 of 8
Good choices. Not what I would have picked, but still solid. You might be in for a bass shock going from 595 to DT770s
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Thanks, it took a lot of web researching to find out what I wanted and what I could afford. Since I listen to a wide variety of music (classical, rock, alternative, ska, reggae, hawaiian island music, hip hop, dubstep, gospel, blue grass, old school Frank Sinatra) I felt the 595's lacked in bass when it came to the to the more bass heavy genres. Out of curiosity what would you have done different?
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post #4 of 8
Mehhhh I am going to actually say it was a waste. If you had just gone for an all tube amp, it would have added better bass to the 595s. It would not be as bass heavy as the DT 770s but still, I would have gone with a really good single product with a healthy budget, than to have spread it out like that.

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post #5 of 8
Bravo audio lil tube amps are not bad, but i'd choose something like a Matrix M-stage instead.

The hp you choose is great.
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Out of curiosity what would you have done different?

I would have got a different amp, like the Objective 2 or schiit magni. That tube hybrid amp looks like its been modded for a dark/warm sound (read: distortion), and might not be right for the DT770. You should try that amp with your old 595, and maybe try modding them. It might give them the sound you're looking for.

I usually recommend buying headphones/speakers with the sound signature you like and using transparent components, rather than applying various degrees of distortion along the chain.
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post #7 of 8
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I definitely could have made a single item $350 purchase but I wanted to get new headphones that were different from the 595's that I've got. Also I read a bit about tube rolling and that's why I decided to get the Bravo, I've already bought a Matsu****a / National PCC88 / 7DJ8 to try out. I'll have this setup for a few years learning more along the way while building a proper budget to make a real audiophile purchase. The trials and errors I learn from this current purchase will be reflected upon a few years down the road.

EDIT: lmao..OCN censor fail.
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post #8 of 8
While I think tube amps are cool, just understand that they are mainly a way to apply distortion in way that changes the sound signature to your liking. The same thing can be done more easily and cheaply with EQ effects. Good luck though, tube amps are great to mess around with and a good way to learn more about audio circuitry if you really tinker with it.
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