Nov 4, 201637247 views

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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Sorry, but I am confused.
At the end what is the best valvolar amp for the Sennheiser HD 6XX?
And there is an active drop for this suggested amp?
please be clear
thank for the help
Everyone has different suggestions as to what amp you should get for the HD-6XX, I personally went with the Schiit Modi 2 and Vali 2 and am not disappointed, at the end of the day, it's up to you.
Schiit has never had a drop with MD so I don't think they will have one anytime soon either.
I suggest you read trough everyone's comments on this thread to figure out what you think the best DAC and and combo is for you.
Should I buy the woo audio wa6 or airist audio heron 5 to use with the 6xx? Recommend some dacs that pair well with both these amps or any others you may recommen.
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guys what you think i have NFB-11.28 good for HD6XX ?
I would say yes, but ask someone who should really know:
I have both the NFB-11.28 and the HD6XX. I highly recommend it. Here's my review of it on Reddit: Thank you, rastus, for refering me. :)
Schiit Jotunheim. The bright detailed internal amp complements the warm 650. Through the balanced out, it delivers substantial power to control the 650 drivers tightly. The jot/650 combo gives a quick, powerful, wide, almost neutral yet musical sound.
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.
What did you end up choosing? I'm in your same boat now
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.
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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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.
It can, but the build quality is somewhat questionable (I had 2 that broke within a week of normal use and one of them outputted an extremely loud noise that blew out my CA Andromeda drivers which was $1100... good thing they were still on warranty but still.)

I'd honestly recommend something bigger or of better quality, the HD 650s scale pretty well with better gear, I'd recommend Schiit Jotunheim if you got the budget for it and just get the DAC module (I don't really buy into that whole multibit stuff and I really don't like the idea of having to "warm up" my DACs) I honestly wouldn't spend more than $600 for a DAC/AMP setup for HD650s, so the Jotunheim sits pretty close to the edge and is a good setup for anything else you wanna build on it in the future.

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...