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Do I need an Amp or DAC for this?


Oct 20, 2019
Definitely not an amp. The output of a DAC is more than enough to drive this at a high volume, now your only concern should be how much high quality of a DAC you want.
Oct 4, 2019
I have tried it with a dedicated DAC/AMP, direct connect to computer audio and with a SANSA Clip. All combinations worked fine. I have not tried and A-B comparisons as it is normally on the dedicated DAC.
Oct 3, 2019
You don't need a DAC unless want to bypass the one in the device you're playing music on (tablet, cellphone, computer). As for an amp, that is subjective. It depends on your source, how loud you want to be able to listen and how much you care about sound quality. These are half the impedance of the HD600 so they're easier to drive. I can get good volume directly from an iPod Shuffle but the sound quality is somewhat compromised but still quite good. They sound great directly from the headphone jack on my CD player but sound even better through a good headphone amp as expected. For me, I can use these happily without a separate headphone amp but since I have some decent headphone amps (TEAC HA-501 & JDS Atom), I use them when I want just a little more.
Oct 3, 2019
It is not compulsory, but to get the most out of it, my suggestion would be to get a decent DAC/Amp for this. The impedance of the headphones is 150 ohms which is a lot and although you might be able to play it out of the phone or laptop, you won't be able to push the HD 58X upto its full potential, as you would with a proper DAC/Amp combo. My suggestion would be to get a reasonably cheap amp like the Massdrop O2 Amp or the Schitt Magni 3 Amp paired with the Schitt Modi 3 (DAC) as starters. Or just get one of the amps I mentioned above to get yourselves started with these headphones.
Oct 3, 2019
most headphones, specially audiophile-tagged headphones, benefit from using amps/dacs, but in this case you don't need an amp to use these, it's not that power hungry to make them unusable without an amp or dac, i plug them most of the time directly to my laptop and they work fine
Oct 3, 2019
No. It works just fine plugged into my MacBook Pro, cellphone, and DAP.
Oct 3, 2019
It is not required but in order to get the peak performance with then it is recommended.
Oct 3, 2019
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