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I currently use an ifi iDSD nano for composing and mixing my own music. I sometimes connect that to my G&W TW-J9 headphone amp. I also have a Xindac DAC5 and the DAC/Headphone amp built into my TC Electronic Twin impact. I use ATH-R70X as my main headphones for mixing (I don't use monitors). Would this DAC/AMP combo better what I currently have at my disposal. I need a transparent, honest, revealing set up. Cheers
Curious why you are using a bass boosted headphone that has significant linearity issues after 3kHz as a mixing headphone? Many monitors have a frequency response deviation of +/- 2db over a 50kHz to 20kHz range. The R70 is +5/-30db over the same range (1kHz reference). You speak of transparency and honesty but your preferences tell a different tale. Not knocking your choices but your assertion of what you like appears to be in significant conflict with your preference in headphones.
I was using the AKG K7XX and the K701/702/712 range are considered very good mixing headphones. Pretty neutral with great soundstage. My mixes improved a lot using those. I then read MANY comments that The AT's are considered similar sounding, just with more refined sound and detail (slightly less wide soundstage). I bought them and agree with that description. My mixes now translate even better, my top end is better (my mixes were a bit too dark on AKG's) and I push things further in stereo filled which is always an issue when mixing in headphones (play it too safe). So, I'd say the R-70X is a very good mixing headphone, and many people agree and it was AT's first reference headphone made for that purpose. If course I'd like something better, and want to try the DR1990 and a few others but the AT's I got at a silly inexpensive price and I'm skint! Btw, I have always been of the opinion that as everyone's hearing is different, headphones with peaks etc may actually result in a flatter response for some people who have hearing damage. That is why I think personal ear print technologies is the way forward. However, the AT is giving me good results and many pro's use them for mixing. What do you reccomend btw?