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
Currently running them through the headphone jack on a Scarlet 2i2 (1st Gen) audio interface and wondering if upgrading to a FiiO K5 would make a noticeable differenced in audio quality in your opinion?.
Open to other all in one DAC/Amp options around that price point with line outs for monitors.
First time shopping with Drop, and unfortunately I didn't noticed that the shipping time will be a month later. Contact them to cancel the order. but they told me all sales are final. I have to say this is sad. and all I see is a label said "free return" instead of "all sales are final" under the add to cart bottom. I know they may have a explanation for their policy, but this thing is so tricky.
I am debating if I should get the HD58x or the HD6xx. I did some research but its still hard to chose.
I'm mainly gaming and I don't have an amp. Well idk if the Blue Yeti counts as an amp or not. I will either plug this into my blue yeti or motherboard(link below). I'm a newbie to sounds and stuff so please dumb it down for me. If you have a recommendation of headphones that are better for gaming and listening to music comment it.
Thanks for your help.
I purchased a XDUOO TA-30 and recieved a TA-20, and support do not give me and answer, what do I need to do to ?
I have been trying to contac with support tech to solve this problem and have my TA-30 (the product I paid for) , but they didnt answer. I am not agree in how you treat users and not respond even if it is your mistake. I will really like you to solve this and send me the correct product and contact me to let me know that you are aware of the situation, please.
So I have a pair of p38x but my ears are very headphone unfriendly. After 30 mins I start to get annoyed by them cause my ears hit the driver covers which is very uncomfortable for me. I wish I could just get some deeper cup covers but I have not seen any.
So I am in the market for a whole new experience and I don't know what I am looking at for an IEM with good positional accuracy or soundstage. I don't need all the base, I just want to know where stuff is at in the game. Thanks in advance!