Suggestions For A New Digital Audio Player That Can Drive My New Sennheiser/Massdrop 6XX Headphones

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I own a Sony NWZ-A17 Digital Audio Player that I've used for the last three years. They are unable to drive my new Sennheiser/Massdrop 6XX headphones. I'd appreciate suggestions for a DAP that would be a good match for these headphones. I'm not parting with the new headphones as they're much lighter than my current headphones, a pair of AKG 550K. Thank you. Seasons Greetings to all. Rick
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thetoolmandar
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Jan 1, 2019
In order to make suggestions I need to clarify how you are using the phones and in what environment at the least.
  • Are you using them outdoors or indoors? Outdoors is challenging for additional reasons than just power.
  • Are you opposed to an additional amplifier rather than replacing the player? A new player if the existing is awesome otherwise may not be a needed expense. There are many options to amplify in addition to the player that may make you happy.
Personally I use the 6XX only from home and when I'm home I drive them with anything except my iBasso DX80. Not that it cannot drive them, but it's a far less enriching experience than almost any desktop amplification. That said, my iFI micro iDSD BL has been a great pair and is technically portable, so there's that as an option to add to your existing player. Let me know your thoughts.
thetoolmandar
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Jan 2, 2019
I suggest that with a budget of 400 or less you look at amplification of the existing signal (i.e. keep your player). I do not know of a player that will easily power the 6XX that is within or near your budget.
rick58
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Jan 2, 2019
Thank you for your help. I've spent the last few days reading up on amplifiers and dacs. I'm just going to take my time and see what I can come up with. I'll be sure to post again. Thanks again. Rick