Dec 30, 201856 views

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

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

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.
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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.
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