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moonboobs
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May 10, 2020
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It’s only needed if you want specific connection options such as Bluetooth or XLR input. As long as it works and you’re not getting distortion when plugging in your devices. If you’re looking for sound quality improvement, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Your music source determines a lot more than these hardware.
May 10, 2020
KnifeN247
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May 10, 2020
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Thank you very much. I felt a little doubt full about my set up and felt like a 150$ dac/amp didn't do the HD-6XX justice. Let me know, if you think you should share your experience with headphones and Dacs.
May 10, 2020
moonboobs
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May 10, 2020
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You're welcome man. There are too many information to filter through. Below are the things that I understand to maximize my enjoyment of music listening. I'm privileged to have the option of purchasing multiple different headphones, because audio gear is really base on if you can afford it or not. I see way too many fanboys jump on this bandwagon telling people they need to buy or upgrade their dac/amp with their headphones to make it sound better than it can. That won't make a significant improvement in terms of sound quality when it comes from the same source. DAC/AMPs and headphones doesn't make your music sound better, it's the middle man to deliver the noises coming from the source you are playing. Track quality files makes the most difference in sound quality. If you listen to songs you recorded from a radio station, it doesn't matter what headphones you have, it won't make it sound better. You can't polish a turd you know? As long as your track files aren't heavily compressed such as mp3's with 128kpbs or 256kpbs rate, then you won't notice the difference. Average folks can't tell between flac files vs 320kpbs mp3. Your hearing also add to the variables. If you have been going to too many EDC festivals, I'm not surprised if you can't hear certain frequencies to notice a difference. Then there are EQ adjustments which is a deep rabbit hole of options. My choices of headphones are all base on my preferences. My ears are sensitive to treble, so brands like AKG, I avoid. Tried different models of them and my music does not sound enjoyable. Then there's the physical comfort. It can be a deal breaker when the headphones have shape, size, ear pads, and materials that won't work with the head. AMP for these reasons makes sense: Having to max out gain and volume because your 600ohms headphones isn't as loud compare to your 32ohms on lower volume setting Output options for your other audio equipment DACs for these reasons makes sense: Desktop or laptop has a broken 3.5mm input Getting constant interference noise with 3.5mm input or other input Output options to connect with other audio equipment Having a centralized device for 2 different computers with a USB hub switch One more thing, owning a lot of these equipment doesn't make your preference the golden rule for what people should buy. All those reviews about the nuraphone aka penus headphones saying it's the best and only headphones to buy is a large load of BS. This hobby is similar to mechanical keyboard in the sense that there are so many options, not one item is the best.
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May 10, 2020
KnifeN247
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Thank you for sharing your insights on headphones and dacs. I've been thinking about it but never pulled the trigger on anything yet. I'm glad I asked and you helped out a lot. I agree that the nura headphones are bs, like how are 400$ headphones the best just like that. They came onto the scene out of nowhere and they are superb already? Bunch of crep.
May 10, 2020
moonboobs
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May 10, 2020
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They’re all marketing hype. If you can’t afford them out right, you can rent them for only $9.99 a month. They really aspire to compete against Rent a Center. I don’t want to wear a used pair during this covid19
May 10, 2020
KnifeN247
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May 11, 2020
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I'll look into that, soon as the virus is no longer. You have been very helpful and nice, thank you.
May 11, 2020
Mentalmonster1
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May 11, 2020
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Just my two cents I went from using xduoo plus to 888 smsl amp and its makes a difference. I would say that amps are important to sound quality while dac are less important. But that is just my opinion
May 11, 2020
moonboobs
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May 11, 2020
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Yeah, definitely going from a portable hybrid amp to a desktop amp will be a difference in power.
May 11, 2020
Mentalmonster1
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May 11, 2020
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My father has a k5 pro. The xduoo and the pro put out about the same power. So if its an upgrade for the xduoo I would say its an upgrade for the k5
May 11, 2020
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