Apogee Groove vs Massdrop CTH + SDAC? (For HD 6XX)
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I know the Apogee Groove and the Massdrop CTH + SDAC are totally different animals, but both have great reviews about it's match to the sennheiser HD 6XX. So, would the CTH + SDAC worth the extra price vs the Apogee Groove? I would like your sound quality opinion more than other factors like portability. Thanks guys!
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rastus
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Feb 10, 2019
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Simple, unless you need portability, the CTH,, with a decent tube..;)
Feb 10, 2019
jesse04030
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Feb 8, 2019
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I think the HD6XX sounds better when paired with tubes
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Feb 8, 2019
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Feb 8, 2019
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My comparison isn't exactly the most valid since the closest thing to the Apogee Groove that I've listened to is the Audioquest Dragonfly Red, but here's my lowdown: As soon as portability goes into the equation, something is almost always sacrificed. The Groove is a great option for those who would like a portable option to travel with. However, in pure sonic merit, for me the Dragonfly, in comparison to a CTH, sounds tinny, wimpy, and underpowered. Bass loses texture and can become kind of flabby. And yes, I use the HD6XX as one of my main headphones to audition gear (I'm familiar with its sound). So I can't imagine the Groove being that much different. Keep in mind that impedance in dynamic driver headphones is NOT purely resistive; it "swings" up and down. In the case of the HD6XX, the swing can be up to 500 ohms. That's a pretty hefty load the amp is going to be under.
Feb 8, 2019