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Sorkurie
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Aug 2, 2017
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I'm kind of excited.. I'm upgrading from the Senheiser HD 360 Pro. Is it gonna blow my mind?
Aug 2, 2017
Jackula
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Aug 2, 2017
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Probably, but you'll need a good amp for them. You'll see scaling at amps $1k+, but even an entry amp < $100 will be much better than a computer motherboard.
Aug 2, 2017
mathees
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Aug 2, 2017
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If you're realistic. These are great but don't put them on for the first time expecting everything you know about music to be changed forever
Aug 2, 2017
Sorkurie
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Aug 3, 2017
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What if I have a high end motherboard? Even on old headphones I noticed a difference in sound quality when I changed the Hertz in my output settings.
Aug 3, 2017
Sorkurie
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Aug 3, 2017
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No, but these are comparable to the $500+ variant right? Ive only used these old Senheiser headphones and some old bose headphones that are $150 or less I think. Sooo its safe to assume that these will be way better than any of those two are right?
Aug 3, 2017
Sorkurie
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Aug 3, 2017
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Also, not 100% sure what you mean by an amp. Im new too "fancy" headpones
Aug 3, 2017
Jackula
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Aug 3, 2017
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Depends on how high-end, most motherboards these days have Realtek chips which are not great. Even if they have a good chip on them, chances are you're going to get quite a bit of electrical interference from your computer components. But it doesn't hurt to try it, if you need something external you can always upgrade.
An amp (amplifier) is a device that supplies power to your headphones, it takes the analog signal produced by your DAC (in this case, the Realtek chip on your motherboard), applies power to it and then sends the amplified signal to your headphones. The HD6XX needs quite a bit of power to function correctly. Not enough power would mean distortion.
If you're new to the audiophile world, you probably don't know what distortion sounds like. The easiest way to describe distortion difference is the sound quality difference between two output devices. Without proper amplification, your new HD6XX could potentially sound worse than your HD360, as your HD360 could already be operating with optimal power output from your motherboard.
Aug 3, 2017
Sorkurie
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Aug 3, 2017
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I know what "normal" distortion is unless it means something else in this case.
Well, how bad would it kill me to get an entry level Amp? I think I found one on amazon for around $90+ and it has solid reviews.
i think someone said it works for this too? Though I'm sure it's not as good as some fancy amp.
I iust cant afford anything else Too be honest I prob shouldn't have gotten this either but it REALLY wanted it.
Aug 3, 2017
Jackula
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Aug 3, 2017
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Distortion in this context is not what you see or hear on a science show. Distortion is more subtle in audio (unless your device is actually broke and outputting garbage - that's a different type of distortion). Ever wondered why more expensive gear - in general - sounded better? Distortion plays a large part. You don't *hear* distortion, it affects the sound attributes of your headphones.
Most people here would recommend a Schiit Fulla 2 if you're on a budget. Obviously better sound would come out of higher end amps due to reasons I've just explained. Personally I don't like the sound of a Schiit because they're towards the sterile side of sound, but I must admit they are a good match for the HD6XX, because these are really warm and dark headphones, and will hide the imperfections of Schiit.
And unfortunately I don't know many products under $100 that I would personally recommend. If you don't mind second-hand, this would be my recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/CEntrance-DACport/dp/B004PCHHSM
Second-hand DACs (and some amps) aren't too bad. As they don't have any moving parts, it's unlikely anything will go wrong with them long term. I'd look in the classifieds for alternatives if you wanted to get the most out of your purchase.
Aug 3, 2017
mathees
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Aug 3, 2017
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The MSRP is $500, but these are selling for $315 on Amazon. I would say that's closer to their value.
It's an upgrade for sure , but it might take you a week or two to really appreciate it. Sounds silly but it'll take some time for your ears to adjust. But after a week or two, try going back to your old headphones and you'll realize how amazing these really are.
You're gonna love them, but I've just heard of way too many people being disappointed with their first high end headphone expecting their heads to explode
Aug 3, 2017
Kstevens
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Aug 5, 2017
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They certainly don't have a wow factor that's why I got the HE 400i but you'll find that the HD 6XX do better in certain genres. I'm excited but I'm not expecting them to wow me but I like to sleep with my headphones on
Aug 5, 2017
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