OK... I am going thru forums, reading and watching reviews for DAC/AMP combo for my pc and... seriously i do not know which one to choose. Here is my 'wish list'... maybe you can help...
Main goal is to... like everybody i guess: listen to music / watch movies / gaming. Gaming is priority. I am not audiophile (sorry). But I do appreciate good sound quality.
will not 'break the bank' - preferable under $200...
I would prefer it to have mic input but it is not a 'must' requirement.
I would prefer it to be 'external' device. Not a must though. Need controls on the desk though.
I would prefer it to work 'driverless'. So... hardware-based.
I would like it to have some kind of hardware equalizer.
I would like to be able to connect (computer) speakers and headphones the same time
it does not need to be 5.1/7.1 etc. I prefer good stereo over these systems.
Does anything like this exist?
Closest to all checkmarks is Sennheiser GSX1000... i guess... not the newest technology...
Pairing up a gamer with the right headphone is a bit like playing matchmaker!
In this video, linked at the end, I boil down over 10 years of community advice into 3 Personality types:
I share a few keywords to look for, as well as some software and settings suggestions. I think everyone has a little bit of each type in them, but which type is dominant for you?
Thanks to the sponsor of this video: DekoniAudio.com
Dekoni is a headphone accessories company, unique for providing frequency response graphs on their website so you know what effect their various pad options will have. Thanks also to Drop for giving me permission to share here. I hope it helps everyone!
I’ve been here in Drop/Massdrop for a few years, also on Head-Fi since 2008, and I’ve seen a few common questions and gaps in knowledge over the years. So, to try answering them so that I (or you) can simply link a video when a common question comes up, I “rebooted” my YouTube channel with new videos to serve as a guide for new and intermediate personal audio enthusiasts!
Thanks for accepting my amateur production with a “shrug” and a subscribe, I’ll try to upload 1-2 videos a week and add them here as well. Go ahead and leave audio questions you think others would also want answered!
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.”
The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase.
To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items:
Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m)
Number of speakers you are using
Distance from speaker(s)
How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference
70-80dB for speech only
80-95dB for light music
95-110dB for heavy music
Rules to Remember
Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB.
Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB.
A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
Hi Everybody. I’m Bill-P. You may know me from Head-Fi or SuperBestAudioFriends (formerly Changstar). I have done a lot of headphone modding in the community and have recently been doing some headphone modding for Massdrop. This led to some questions from Massdrop employees about headphone modding and why I do it. They thought you might like to know how I got into modding headphones and some of my ideas on how to mod. At the end, I’ll also share what I was able to do with the new HiFiMAN HE-350 in making them sound the way that I want them to.
Why do I modify headphones?
Basically, I really want to make headphones sound better for everyone and I think that manufacturers should hear how good their headphones can sound if they take more time to tune them. When you buy a high-end model, you expect that the manufacturer has already done all of the engineering for you- from tonality to frequency response to resolution. You assume you’re going to get great design and...
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match.
Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community.
Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it.
Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones
Do you think it's possible we can see here some hi-fi equipment?
For now the only headphone - related like: small amplifiers, cables...
but I would love to see some bigger speakers, blue-rays, speakers' cables, or more high-end amplifiers (but for Stereo/multichannel not other headphones).
I have always been into music but new to the audiophile scene. I am deciding whether or not I should get the Drop THX Panda, Jubilee 58x, or the HD 6xx with the schitt Magni 3+ and Modi 3+. If I were to get the Panda's I would not get the DAC or AMP. I listen to a wide variety of music but mostly Hip-hop, R&B, Gospel, EDM, Classical, Reggaeton, Rock, and more. I do like bass to a certain extent and I have read that the 58x have more bass than the 6xx. Due to Covid, I have been doing a lot less traveling but I also have a pair of Bose QC25's and Airpod pro's that I use for when I do need to travel. However, after upgrading my phone it no longer has an aux cord and I have noticed a drop in quality with the lightning to aux adapter and it has bothered me quite a bit. I used to get goosebumps when listening to certain tracks but I just don't get that anymore. This has led me to do more research and luckily I was able to find this great community. I am very picky when it comes to many...
Looking to upgrade to some D-SONIC mono blocks they are made in the USA and are highly rated in the audiophile community. Are there any folk on here that think it might be good to raise it as a drop buy ?
My SSL 2 audio interface’s internal HP amp is not getting my new HD6xx quite loud enough. If I want to start with an HP amp (and perhaps add a DAC at a later date), would something like the Schitt Magni 3+ or Heresy (don’t really know how these two models differ) refrain from “coloring” the audio while adding some extra volume (for a 300 ohm HP)?
Also, would I be able to connect the HP amp from the HP out jack (1/4” stereo) from the interface? If that is the correct connection, I would need an amp with either dual rca mono, 1/4” stereo, or 1/8” stereo inputs.
Thanks for our help.