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Nov 4, 2016
Recommend AMP / DAC for the HD 6XX
Does anyone have a suggested AMP / DAC for the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX?
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, after review I ended up getting the Schiit Modi 2 and Vali 2!
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Just as a FYI, a coworker got in his HD6XX recently and let me listen to it for the past 2 days on my system. Really is an extremely smooth and pleasant listening headphone, yet with insane amount of detail for such smooth sound along with a beautiful low end both in extension and presence. Yes it has a certain 'veil' to the sound compared to the very live sound of my TH-X00 PHs and is not as comfortable either, but all in all, I am really impressed with it.
My setup chain is as follows: laptop USB -> Gustard X20U DAC -> Schiit Loki EQ (bypassed for HD6XX and TH-X00PH use) -> modded Gustard H10 amp with full compliment of Burson V6 Classic opamps replacing the stock ones. The sound from that HD6XX on my system has me really wanting to try out the HD660S as it apears to mostly alleviate my minor gripes with the HD6XX from what I've read.
So i'm debating between these amps
Max price 150
I would like a mic spot but i'm ok if it doesn't have one.
FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (1st GENERATION) 6 In/6 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface With Two Focusrite Mic Preamps
I joined the drop and paid for hd6xx headphones and want to get a headphone amp/ dac as my asus notebooks output power and value is not good enough to drive them.My budget is around 200USD.I want to be shipped from China/HK as they usually not stopped at our customs.
Also, please consider Woo WA6 with a Sophia Princess rectifier Tube. I my wa6 with mojo as a dac. It gives the 650 a very liquid and warm-filled sound, perfect for acoustic/vocal music.
They want $700 for it, 3.5x more than a 6XX..
A great option is the schiit Jotunheim. But at 200 the schiit magni 2 and modi 2 are great and if you feel like taking it at steps. You could get a 1/8(aux) to rca cable(both male) and just get the magni 2 at a 100$. Hope that helps :)
Could you power hd 6xx with fiio e10k?? Thanks and if not what DAC amp is there for around £80 that would be better?
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not sure thats true if you include a bh crack https://bottlehead.com/?product=crack-otl-headphone-amplifier-kit for 300 will compete favorably from what i have heard
The Crack is a very good amp for the HD6XX, but will it show you everything it has to give? No. These headphones are well known for their ability to scale and it won't stop at a $300 amp.
Looks like I'm a little late to the party since you've already purchased something, but FWIW I am driving my 650s with the Oppo HA-2SE and I have zero complaints. If you don't need the portability though, the price may not be worth it to you. Also the Oppo is plug and play with iDevices and comes with a lightning jumper (although you can use any lightning cable). That's one of the pieces of information that was lacking from the few reviews I read out there so, just in case you were wondering.
I've also driven my AKG 7XX, Audeze LCD-X, and all three of my Shure IEMs (215, 535LTD, 846) from the Oppo and they all sound great. The bass boost on the Oppo is a nice option to have for when you want a little more punch in the low end.
Hope you're enjoying your new setup!
I love my HA2SE!
So you decided on audiophile junk instead of an actual well designed DAC/amp, sucks for you OP.
Idk after reading reviews and getting opinions from other people I ended up getting these because they fit what I need them to do and more importantly they fit my price range. What would you have recommended instead in the same price range? Il keep it in mind for next time.
So I assume you have actually heard/owned the equipment OP purchased? OH wait this is the internet... what am I saying of course you've never heard these and are a bit salty by the reception you got at head-fi...
I'm also curious about this, have you tried Epic music with this combo ? I really want your thought before getting them :D
Hello, could you tell me when will the new drop?
Nobody knows except maybe Massdrop and Sennheiser. You'll get a notification when it goes live again if you're one of the folks who have requested it.
Jds the element , audeze deckard , o2 , smsl m6 , schiit jotunheim
I agree with the JDS Element recommendation. Well worth the little extra cash over something like the O2. Not knocking the O2 but in my opinion the Element sounds better and the industrial design is a thing of beauty.
Woah what is this price bracket? XD I've got the Jotunheim and deckard and they are great amps but it's not fair comparing it to the element(much better form factor and price)
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