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Hello. I'm kinda new to the audiophile scene, and I need some recommendations for a budget amp/dac to power the hd6xx. I have my eyes on the odac/o2amp and the schiit magni 2 and modi 2 combo. I have a LG V10 and am planning on upgrading to a v30 so a dac isn't of high importance unless there's an option in that price that's that much better.
It sounds like we're in a super simmilar situation, since these will be my first audiophile headphones and I also just got the v30. I got the chance to try a pair of the 6XX with just the v30's amp, and it was able to drive them pretty well. I was in a noisy environment and didn't have too much time to listen to them, but don't feel like you have to buy an amp before you can enjoy the 6XX. The v30 should definitely have enough power to get you started and then give you the chance to try out other amps before you buy them.
I love Schiit. I think they have a really good thing going there, and the Magni 3/Modi 2 combo gives you leeway to upgrade your DAC or amp separately in the future. Though I'd give the Fulla 2 a look, its amp is not as high powered as the Modi 2 but the DAC is exactly the same, it costs half the price of the combo, and gives you the same flexibility to upgrade your DAC or amp separately in the future since the Fulla 2 can be used as a standalone DAC or amp. It'll also be plenty powerful for the HD6xx.
I went for Audio-gd r2r 11. Its got rave reviews in Hi-Fi community.
How much do those usually run?
I got R2R 11 for $380 shipped to US. You can also check out reviews on audio-gd NFB 11 (maybe $340 ish) .
I'm told the Fulla 2 is a great bang-for-buck match for the HD6XX only insofar that it's not that hard to drive.
Yea if you are looking to get just to power your headphones Schiit could be an option. But I wanted to get something to power my monitor speakers and headphones both and switch between them. I read Modi/Magni combo is better than Fulla if you have a little bit of extra cash.
I can basically guarantee that it isn't an optimal setup, but if you care about getting your PC mic/ speakers working with it as well (and as I am just stepping in to hi-fi audio I currently tend to game more than anything) I can say that the Sound BlasterX G5 works nicely (at least on low-gain) with my headset (32 Ohm impedance) and I will be using it with my HD6XXs when they come in (I am really looking forward to that). It should support up to 600 Ohm on high-gain, so I am not too worried about it (maybe I should be moresor).
However, I definitely have my eyes on getting a magni/ modi stack at some point in the future when budget allows. I may have to consider a different stack depending on other headphones I am looking at and what people can tell me about how they work with it... but that is a discussion for another thread.
i have the fulla2 and love it with my other headphones (momentums, 497)
cant wait to try with the 6xx
+1 for the schiit stack. I've asked the same question regarding which dac/ amp/ dac amp combo should I get and for around $200, the Schiit stack (Modi 2 DAC and Magni 3 Amp) seems the be the most popular and most picked. This is compared to stuff like the Objective stack, smsl stacks, Aune x1s, etc. For those who do have a bigger budget, the Audio GD NB 11.28 ($330, DAC Amp combo) seems to be the next best thing possibly. The schiit fulla 2 is great however some have said/ mentioned that there might not be enough power to get the most out of the headphones, and that the 6xx does scale very well with better gear.
That being said, do try it out on your phone and your pc before making a judgement. The dac's on phones and pc's should be good enough. The main reason you would probably want a dac is because your motherboard has bad audio jacks or something's wrong with your motherboard's dac. Buying a separate is helpful should your motherboard/ phone not power the headphones well enough.