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Hey, i have a liquid carbon x paired with a pair of sennheiser 6xx. Does anybody know if i should get a standard or balanced dac? Would also really appreciete any recommendations on a specific dac as i am new to the whole audiophile community and just want to listen to some Deadmau5 in ultra quality.
also wondering what bit and hz settings i should use in windows 10 settings
If you have a balanced amp you might as well get a balanced dac, but if you aren't using a balanced cable from your headphones you aren't getting any benefit. Spotify app starts getting really buggy after 32bit/192hz, so don't pay too much attention to that if that is what you use.
use XLR DAC and XLR headphones to get the best sound.
So is the amp + headphone combo i have not that good?
It really doesn't matter that much if your headphones run balanced or not as long as the amp is powerful enough and you don't have a problem with noise. The balanced technology was originally invented to prevent noise over long cable runs (tens of meters, and even upwards of a hundred) so when the signal from a DAC reaches an AMP the noise is removed. This should not be an issue when your DAC and AMP is right on top of your AMP.
Balanced is often used for headphones just to get more power with each channel being driven separately. If you do not have any issue with low volume this should not matter in any meaningful way.