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Hello, I am very new to the hobby! How good is the M6 compared to the Aune X1s and Fostex HP-A3? This will be my first DAC+Amp combo purchase. To add some context, here are my current headphones: Audio Technica PRO500MK2 (38ohms), Philips SHP9500s(32ohms), Sennheiser HD700 (150ohms). Would you guys recommend the M6 or any other combo?
You're new to the hobby and already have a HD700? Wow, my friend, you are winning! Anyway, I'd say that the M6 is a step or two below the DAC/amps you mentioned. Now, don't get me wrong, the M6 is good. Setting up the DAC on Windows might be a minor pain, but once you get it going, it's good. The amp will easily drive all your current headphones. Simply put, it will get the job done. But I've had mine for a few weeks (bought it used for a little more than $120 USD) and I'm already considering pairing it with a more robust headphone amp or trading it in for something like the Aune X1S. The M6 just feels like a stopgap measure for me. As for recommendations, I seem to recall that the O2+ODAC goes well with the HD700's.
Haha I was very lucky to pick up the SHP9500 and HD700 for a fraction of their RRP. So now I'm scouring the net a powerful enough dac+amp..mainly because of the Sennheiser. Wish i didnt watch all those ZeosPantera videos because now I'm close to being broke! Thanks man looks like I'll have to get something more futureproof.
Thanks for the advice. Yes he's not convinced by HD700s but i really like mine. And after comparing my SHP9500 (Zeos absolutely loves the Philips) with my mate's HD600 i think the Sennheiser sounds better but he's not completely wrong.And i bought the Philips back when I couldn't afford the HD600 anyways so no regrets, I still like them. Really enjoying the hobby so far :) Pretty steep learning curve though
No problem. And if you're still looking for a DAC/amp to tide you over until you get something hi-end, check out the drop for the CEntrance DACport Slim. The specs are impressive and they are affirmed by reviews / user testimonials. I've read comments that say it can even power the DT880 600ohm, which is crazy for a unit so small. The only problem I can see for you is that the jack is 3.5mm, so you'll need an adapter for your HD700.