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Picked these up about a month ago and have been trying to find the perfect DAC and Amp to pair it with.
I consider myself a bit if a basshead, and thus far haven't found an amp that pushes the bass on these to any desirable degree. I listen to more modern music (90's-on) from hip-hop to punk and metal. That said, I've been trying different amps with my standard motherboard DAC (an ASUS Prime Z-370), with the SMSL T2, and the JDS Labs O2, and both really lacked any substantial low-end punch.
I'm considering a Magni/Modi combo, or pairing the Modi with a Little Dot, Jotunheim, or similar tube/hybrid amp. I like tube's ability to roll off the highs a bit, but my real concern is a substantial low end, which I've been told is more prominent with other solid state offerings. I notice the O2 clipping pretty badly with higher bass, and the noise floor is noticeably poor on it as well. The T2 felt toothless, and didn't offer much of anything in terms of sound signature alteration, though the noise floor was noticeably better than the O2.
Im wondering what I should be considering for my needs, since I can't exactly run out to a local store and test out different amps and DACs with my cans. Any suggestions from the community would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Just bought a SoundblasterX G6, ill give my thoughts. However, Sennheizer GSX1000 may also be an effective and multipurpose unit
I have a Magni/Modi Multibit combo but picked up the HD6xx instead of the Jubilee. The combo have no issues powering the HD6xx and have a lively detailed feel to them.
Some listeners feel the SS Magni has power but no life to it, and I sort of agree because it’s very neutral. But it might be a perfect match for the Jubilee’s extended mids and bass.
I don’t think you’ll have any regrets with these products if you get any quality headphone.
Alright, I don't have everything to really test it correctly. My G6 came in... but my HD58X are still in the mail (and then I'll have to break them in...) soOoooo my only "somewhat" similar test is with my HD598... Not a fair comparison however..... The G6 has brought out the Highs and Mids and made them crisper... crispier? Depending on the track, almost crashing in your eardrums. I decided to pull the trigger on the GSX1000 and I'll get them this Wednesday... and by that time I hope my HD58X come in. Wanna hear more about the difference when I get everything?
If you want bass, portability and fabulous sound with 58x I suggest the ifi xCan. The bonus is that 6xx sound wonderful too.
Alright, I've had the HD58X for about 4 days now. I have plain PC input, SMSL AD18 and the SoundblasterX G6.
As expected, the PC input gives more than enough bass... however.... you get hit with clarity in BOTH mids and higs..... Then I went to the G6. Night and Day... you get to hear the super separation in the highs (totally noticeable!!!) couldn't hear much about mids but maybe I was listening to the wrong tracks.
Windows and the G6 is just awesome with EQ micro changes. Now I was especially looking for the virtual 7.1 emulation and I found that the G6 can't drive enough processed signal to the HD58X. Bummer... everything is moderatly higher volume than medium. SMSL AD18 punched everything well (but no 7.1 emulation) the dynamic EQ is strangely good... I really don't know what SMSL does for their dynamic EQ.... but you get no control.
Sennheiser GSX1000 is coming in the mail tomorrow (hopefully) and I HOPE they can drive enough processed signal to bring up the volume in 7.1 mode. That's all I have for now.