- Jan 9, 2019
Maybe, a really solving headphone would sound better with your set-up, like the HD800(S). But even then, I wouldn't be sure since the HD650 makes no difference between your extreme set-up and a good laptop one.
As the number of combinations of amps/DACs/speakers/cables that one would ideally like to audition before the purchase is always beyond any practical means, the conclusion that I’ve reached after reading posts on this website is that amps and DACs (and cables?) should be selected & purchased first, based on their technical measurements, features & budget, while the speakers/cans should be chosen based on how pleasant/revealing they sound through the purchased amps and DACs (this is of course not to diminish the review of the speakers/headphones specs prior to shortlisting them for the listening tests).
One more thing for the Qutest - I connected it first through an ostensibly good USB cable and after a month switched to optical (Chord company). Surprisingly, I was blown away by the change - optical for me sounded much more “natural”, no tinge of that slightly metallic flavor that I heard through USB.