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God! these are overhyped as hell. Switched from SHP9500 to this and boy what a downgrade! Shp9500 is better in every department except the bass. HD6xx has alot less detail, soundstage and livelyness compared to a 60 dollar shp9500. It also sounds muddy compared to shp. I'll probably sell this overhyped junk soon.
you need better amp or drop very large and heavy rock on your own head ;-))
Running it through Asus Xonar Essence STX which can drive a 600ohms headphone with ease. So no it isnt the amp.. it just isnt good enough compared to shp9500.
from what i've heard, you need to drive the 6xx with an amp and dac while for the shp9500, you don't even need either and work well on their own
Of course they sound muddy. While I would say the Asus Xonar Essence STX is DECENT enough to drive headphones acceptably for untrained, less discerning ears, more direct, experienced ears would simply call it TRASH and that would be very accurate. You need a proper amp and DAC to make the HD 6XX shine. They will sound like different headphones. Driving headphones is one thing, and another is making them sound good.