HD6XX & DragonFly Red a good match?

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I have the Audioquest Dragonfly Red Dac/amp (and not looking to change that). Does anyone use this dac/amp with the Massdrop HD6xx (sennheiser HD650)? Will this drive those headphones and produce good sound?
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Qfiod
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Mar 13, 2021
Sry guys, but people who say dfr can't drive hd6xx are so full of ... I'm listening to my HD650 on dfr right now and they got PLENTY of power and volume to spare. I'm at less than 20% volume and they're allready loud enough for me. Also while hd650 tend to be dark, dfr sound is on the brighter side - many people say it's a perfect match actually. Don't listen to snobs, dfr will drive your HD6xxx easy-peasy and will even synergize with their sound signature pretty well. IMO thanks to pretty bright sound DFR can actually help to minimize the well known "sennheiser veil" in higher frequencies and make them overall less sleepy and more dynamic.
dgt5
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Mar 21, 2020
IMHO Dragonfly is perfect for IEMs. I have been disappointed with most headphones.... just not enough power to really open up and sound exciting.
efredin
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Sep 4, 2020
I've been using my Cobalt for 2 weeks now and I just don't like the way my HD 650 sound. I have some Beats Solo that I use for when I'm out and about and I've been using those instead and I feel like it sounds so much better. Makes me kinda sad. The 650 still sound great with my vinyl set up tho. What IEMs would you recommend to pair with the Cobalt?
I've owned the 650 for roughly a decade, as such I've had the opportunity to listen to it extensively with the following gear: Denon AVR1905, AVR2808 Marantz SR6012 Fiio E9, E12a, E11, X3ii, M6 Cowon J3 LG V20, V50 iPhone 6+ Gustard H10 Schiit Lyr 1, with various tubes and their SS "tubes" Cayin iHA-6 Drop x THX 789 Astell & Kern Kann Cube Dragonfly Black 1.2 Radsone ES100 With almost all of those sources the HD650 gets 'loud enough' but it certainly scales with better sources. Actually more than any of the 30+ pairs I own that headphone shows the most improvement with higher signal chain investments. It has never sounded "bad". In this hobby everyone has to decide their own starting and stopping points.
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Enjoy the new gear my friend... that's a good amount of "bang for your buck" items.
Toddstrawser
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Feb 5, 2020
Thanks. Exactly what I was going for!
HaVoCTzu
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Feb 3, 2020
Listening to 6xx and Dragonfly cobalt right now. Bass is there but not very punchy. Sounds pretty good, to me. I have a mojo too.. but I like the convenience of the dragonfly being very portable and plug-and-play.
Partypooper81
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Jan 31, 2020
I have both and I dont think the dragonfly red can properly drive the hd6xx. I use the dragonfly as a DAC and have added a preamp and a tube amp for the hd6xx... The dragonfly red will not give you low end on the hd6xx...
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Partypooper81
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Jun 1, 2021
Sure, it's easy if you have easy access to your USB ports. The audio output is a standard 3.5mm jack so a cable that reaches long enough should do the trick. It's like plugging/unplugging a USB stick... and attach/remove a cable ;-)
JoshBilk
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Jun 2, 2021
Awesome, thank you
rastus
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Jan 31, 2020
If you are looking for the Senn Sound, the 58X will be easier to drive. Looks to be, that doing the simple ‘felt on the hole’ mod, brings the sq nicely in. Have o’l HD580’s, love em, heard the 58X, can imagine really nice with a tweak. Senn chained them a bit...
Evshrug
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Feb 11, 2020
Yeah, the HD 58X Jubilee is quite different from the HD 580. The name is more of a “harken back” and legacy thing, the sound tuning is new and unique. Most sub bass extension I’ve seen in the series! The HD 580 was one of Axel Grell’s first as he started his career at Sennheiser. He still has his engineering sample! I personally quite like the looks of the herringbone pattern on the HD 580’s plastic grille, but sonically the new metal mesh causes less resonance and reverb. That grille is one of the changes Axel made to create the original HD 580 Jubilee ~25 years ago, a limited edition model with other changes to the driver and carbon fiber earcup yolks. The sound of the Jubilee was so popular that they mass produced it as the HD 600. The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee costs less than the HD 6XX and HD 660 S because the driver is a little lower spec, but it’s still quite good and better than the HD 599 (which makes the numbering scheme a bit confusing, but the new Jubilee was exclusively developed for Massdrop).