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Hey guys I want some help and your input on what I should buy I had about 300 dollars to use and I selectively want to use massdrop due to a few reasons and was wondering what I should buy.
Hd6xx with a amp or dac
Hd65x jubilee with amp or dac or both
HE4XX with amp or dac or both
I think I might need a dac due to my pc being very old and I don't think my mobo has good inbuilt sound card it's a Ga 78lmt usb3. Any other suggestions would be great thanks all.
I am not a audiophile play games and listen to music while studying.
Also would like to know of the effect of the sound leakage from theese headphones.
Here is what I’d suggest. Grab the Aune X1S off here. Then head over to Newegg and grab the Phillips SHP9500. The sound signature is a lot like the 6xx but the base sounds more natural.
Also, the best way to describe how much you’ll hear through these headphones would be to loosely cup your hands around both of your ears.
If you really want to get one of the sennheiser headphones on massdrop, the general consensus has been the 58x purely for music and the 6xx for an all rounder (music, gaming, etc). However, regarding the dac and amp, I always suggest that the user tries out the headphone with their current setup and see if there is enough power/ audio is loud enough. If it isn't, then buy an amp. I personally believe a dac is the last thing you should upgrade in this case.
Amp does more than supply power (volume quantity) to the headphone but also the quality of sound. You will get what I mean when you pair an amp with HD6XX or whatever headphone. The sound quality is significantly and noticeably better. Yea, dac is the last thing you want to upgrade if you don't have the budget, but it doesn't mean dac is not important. It is just not as important as headphone and amp.
Well, that actually really depends on the amp. Some amps do color the sound, such as tube amps and some solid state amps. However, some amps are there to provide as little change as possible, like the jds atom or the thx 789. The reason that the headphone sounds better is because more power is provided in those latter cases allowing the headphone to sound better (specifically due to their higher impedence). However there have been built amps that are capable of handling high impedence so that's why I always suggest trying out current gear first.
Edit: I'm also not saying a dac isn't important, it's more so thst thing you upgrade last. My friend bought a dragon fly red and says his laptop outout sounds exactly the same. Depending on what dac you get, there can be a lot of side grades.