Jun 18, 20184441 views

HD6XX With Fiio E10K or Fiio A5 or Fiio Q1?

I just ordered the beautiful HD6XX and was wondering thoughts on the apm/dac i might invest in... I chose those three because i have my Shure IEMs that i bring with me all the time and those amp/dac are portable... So just wondering what the community thought.
My Budget for them are around $200 AUD (Around $150USD)

I saved a little more and got the ifi Idsd nano bl
I ended up starting with the E17K. Wasn't happy. Sound was nothing like I expected from these phones. Could barely tell the difference when plugged directly into my iPhone 7 vs the E17K. Switched to the Q1 MK II and WOW what a difference. Specs are the same in terms of impedance (15 - 150 ohms) but the Q1 is clearly doing something different / better. Night and day. Even compared to a friends recording studio monitoring station and the Q1 MKII seems to get me like 80% of the way there. Very happy so far.
So, I'd say the Q1 MKII is a minimum requirement for these phones. The E17K (and likely the E10K) will play sound but by god you're missing so much.
Would love to know as well. Did you get responses elsewhere or make a decision?
Came across the A5 here but would rather keep the price around the $100 CAD range, hence considering the E10K https://www.head-fi.org/threads/is-there-actually-a-decent-portable-amp-for-the-hd650-under-200.856152/page-2#post-13621655
E10K gets mostly good reviews with the HD650/XX but depends on what you're comparing it to. It will definitely work fine, but may or may not be some minor drawbacks as far as I can tell, like perhaps if there is a large base kick it might suffer a little but only in comparison to higher end stuff if you're really listening for it? Hard to say. https://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/search?q=hd650%20e10k&restrict_sr=1
" That doesnt matter. The e10k will run the HD650. Check this out: http://www.audiobot9000.com/match/sennheiser/hd-650/with/fiio/e10k The owner of Headfonia has also said the e10k can run HD650, and they are his all-time favourite pair of headphones. Don't worry. It's not he optimal choice but it works. If you want better sound you have to spend more money. " https://www.head-fi.org/threads/powering-sennheiser-hd650s.747845/
Haven't dug deep into the Q1 but being that the E10K seems to be around the bare minimum and some people even say the A5 won't fully do the 650 justice I would think the Q1 wouldn't be a very good value. Price difference (at least on Amazon Canada) is only about $20 between the Q1 and the E10K, then it jumps to $170 for the A5.
I plan to try it with my Macbook Pro first which apparently should have a good DAC compared to other laptops anyway. If I find the sound lacking or am curious I will try the E10K.
Best bet really is to try them with what you have now and see if you can borrow / try various other amps/dacs from someone to see if there is a noticeable difference to you. I feel like I can hear the difference between certain headphones if I listen very intently whereas some people might notice differences easily / right away and others till not at all. I think it's too subjective for a blanket answer.