I am new to the audiophile game and have been looking around the internet for a few days now, regarding buying my first headphone amp + DAC for my HD 6XXs. I was wondering if I could just get some comments on what I've been thinking of.
My current conclusions have come down to:
1 - Drop O2 Amp + Grace SDAC
2 - JDS Labs stack (Atom Amp + DAC)
I am wanting the Atom amp over the O2, so the ideal purchase would be Atom amp + Grace SDAC, but then the shipping costs pretty much cancels out the reasoning to buy a cheaper DAC.
I have read about other companies like Schiit, Topping, & Khadas but I think these are the easiest combo purchases at the moment. I have heard great things about JDS's customer service, and Drop's point system along with free shipping seems like a no brainer for me as a student.
However, if anyone has had experience with several of these, do you by chance have any preferences of one over the other? And would DACs make much difference at this price point?
If you have any other recommendations, I would appreciate that too!
Another question; are there any recommendations on earpads for the HD 6XXs? The stock ones have been feeling a tad bit "pointy" after using them for some hours if that even makes sense lol. I think flat ones would feel a bit more comfortable for me.
Also, is it worth to invest in pricier earpads?
I understand a lot of this is subjective, but I just need to hear from people lol, I can't decide atm.