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Hee there, the hd6xx will be my first good headphone, and i am wondering if there is a good quality streamingprogram that fits with such a headphone. I read that spotify wont do it and that tidal would be a good alternative. If its possible i would like to use it on the mobile too. Pre-thanks!
Spotify is just fine. The odds that you'll be able to tell the difference between Tidal and Spotify @ 320 are pretty low. The thing I noticed with Tidal in the past is that just because they stream a high bitrate doesn't mean their source was high quality. In fact, in many cases it sounded like crap. Not to mention their library is nowhere near as extensive. I decided it wasn't worth the 3x price, but I've heard they've improved quite a bit of the past couple years.
Tidal is very good imo. Coming from Apple Music the difference in sound quality was immediately noticeable. The HiFi subscription is quite pricey, but if you are a college student you can get it for $10 instead of $20.
I've been happy with Tidal but it depends, some music (modern crappy mixing that is basically a wall of sound) doesn't sound better with higher quality files. If you like classical or music made before the 2000's (perhaps mid 90's, don't know exactly when mixing turned to crap) then you can often hear a difference.
Is this also the case with non top40 music? How is the music quality of bands like Arctic monkeys, Coldplay, Foals, Editors and such?
you are speaking of couple of years, how long ago did you use it?
Yes, this is not limited to top 40. The only exception seems to be acoustic genres such as classical, bluegrass, etc. I never thought I would be a fan of bluegrass but it sounds so dang good with the HD 800. :)
Good audio gear has rekindled my enjoyment of classical and older jazz as well as opening me up to other genres. I still enjoy pop, rock, metal, symphonic/goth metal which all have the "wall of sound" issue. You simply won't get as much nuance and "ohh that's interesting" moments with revealing headphones as you do with older music or acoustic genres.
Trying both Tidal (with the Hifi option) and Spotify for a month is a pretty cheap experiment if you want to see if the price difference is worth it for you. It is often very subtle and the biggest factor will usually be your headphones.
Which amp are you planning on using?
Good advice, thank you. I already made my free tidal account. With the normal headphones i have there isn't much difference, so I am exided to hear what the HD6xx will do when they arive.
I bought the fiio a3, but after some reading I know that this one isn't suited for the hd6xx. I am sending it back and I will order the fiio a5. I was considering the dragonfly red but thats a little too expensive for now.
I haven't tried anything from fiio, I hope it's a good match for you! One benefit of the 6XX is they scale well with better gear. It's also a drawback because the temptation is to keep trying better gear. ;)
We will c! If I am enjoying this I am going to buy a DAC and stationary AMP. But thats for another time. Thanks for awnsering.