Jun 23, 2018158 views

DAC/AMP for K7XXs or HD6XXs?

Looking for a DAC/AMP for either the K7XXs or HD6XXs (undecided on which to go with as of right now, so recommendations on that would be great too). Is there anything around the 100$ or lower price point that is better than the Schiit Fulla 2? I will be playing a lot of CS:GO and Overwatch if it matters.
Also this might be a dumb question but do I even need a DAC? Would it be better just to go with something like the "Massdrop Objective 2 Headphone Amp: Desktop Edition"?
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Is there anything around the 100$ or lower price point that is better than the Schiit Fulla 2?
For $100? No, stick with the Fulla 2 if that's what you have already. I have one, it's very good for a hundred dollars. Sounds good with my HD6XX.
I will be playing a lot of CS:GO and Overwatch if it matters.
If you are mainly playing computer games, there is no need to get a DAC/Amp, this isn't exactly a high fidelity application here. My music setup is just shy of 2K. My setup for playing computer games is a pair of $50 headphones plugged right into the computer.
You most likely will not need a dac, it will depend on what you are plugging the amp into and what you are getting your audio files from. I would recommend just getting an amp if you are listening to musics on YouTube or Spotify with a low bit rate. I would recommend the Schiit Magni 3, a perfect fit for the 6XX at 99 USD most motherboard DACs are good enough for games.
I would get a DAC and I don't think there is anything better for the money than the Fulla 2. Note that having owned both the K7xx and HD 6XX, and many higher end models including flagships, I've found that the HD 6XX really needs higher end equipment to sound satisfactory. So if all you can afford is something like a Fulla 2, I'd get the K7xx.
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[Off Topic] What's your current DAC out of curiosity?
And yeah it's all so subjective... I cleaned my ears for the first time in a few weeks shortly after I made that comment (lots of ear wax), and now the headphones I've been using sound brighter (for the better). lol.
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That's great! Many people underestimate the importance of a clean ear, I actually get mine cleaned monthly :) and many people underestimate the importance of good gear and don't realize their headphones are capable of so much more. I actually enjoy a lot of the lower end headphones, they tend to sound better than high end headphones on lower end gear.
My DAC is a modified Lampizator DAC4, with Duelund caps, battery powered clock, and using Amperex 6922 D getter pinched waist (~$400 ea) on output. It's since been superceded by Amber, which I've never auditioned but suspect my customizations actually sound better. Although I'm actually thinking about selling mine so my chain is fully solid state. Something like a TotalDAC or EMM DAC2X interest me.