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Hey guys! I just joined this drop and I am SO EXCITED! I can't wait to get my hands on these beautiful cans.
I've been doing my research but I guess I'm still a noob to the audiophile world, so I just have 2 questions for you pros:
I recently built a pc and I got the ROG crosshair x370 board because it supposedly has the best on-board audio. On-board audio has apparently gotten pretty good over the past few years, but i still plan on getting an amp because the 6XXs have such high impedance. so I guess my first questions is, would the Objective 2 amp be a decent choice to pair with the motherboard? to I really need a dac if I just have an amp?
And my second question is: what to you do/where do you go/what do you use to get your high-fidelity audio tracks to listen to? Do you just use spotify or is there some better website you use to stream high quality music? It must be important to get the best out of these headphones, right?
Firstly, you will have to wait a little while for Massdrop to ship you the headphones.
Secondly, once you have received it, try connecting the headphones right into your motherboard, and see whether it has enough volume or not. The motherboard you have is one of the best so I do not think you would need an amp. But if you do have any audio shops that you can go and try out that would be better.
The Objective 2 is a great amp for newbies, so that should be fine.
Thirdly, Spotify Premium is still the way to go because it strikes a good balance between price and audio quality. You can always try Tidal, but it may be a little expensive
I have an Asus Maximus VIII Ranger with similar audio chipset, and I can tell you it's not bad at all but it has some electrical background noise (specially when the CPU is under load), even using a premium PSU (Seasonic, can't remember the model). It is clearly audible with sensitive headphones, not so much on the HD6XX or other harder-to-drive. It has "just" enought power to drive the HD6XX at reasonable volumes, but an external amp will definitely improve the sound (and using the line out will skip the chipset amp, potentially reducing the electrical noise).
The Objective 2 pairs very well with the HD6XX, and it will also drive most headphones under 300ohm too, so it will always be a nice upgrade in your sound setup. And it can run from batteries, so you can even use it on-the-go as a portable amp (while not the most convenient, it's still usable).
BTW, when using headphones on your PC without an external amp, always use the front headphones out: the rear out is a line out without proper amplification, meant to be connected to active speakers or an amp. I tried connecting my ATH M50x to the rear out and I had to turn up the OS volume to 80% to reach a decent volume, and it didn't sounded near as good as using the front headphones out.
Sup, I'm also a noob that just got here too. But if u dont mind my opinion, from what i've seen and heard so far, the objective 2 is more than enough to drive the hd 6xx's. And if your onboard dac is good enough, the amps all u need. As for the second one, im pretty interested myself, I mainly use spotify and curious to see what other music sites there are.
The board you got already has a built-in DAC, the ES9023P chip which outputs 2 Vrms. You may still want an amp though (as you rightly plan to do) since this is the absolute lowest voltage needed to really drive these cans.
The O2 would be a good amp, it's very neutral and doesn't color the sound at all. I find that I prefer a little more low end (though I'm not a bass head) but that's just me. You also have the Magni 3 with a bit more power and a slightly colored sound (apparently, I don't own one myself).
The O2 does have the additional benefit of battery power so it's more portable if that is a requirement for you.
Worth noting that if using Spotify Premium, you should go to settings and change to High Quality Audio.