How well the HD6xx goes with sennheiser GSX 1000 amp? I really like to have virtual surround sometimes for fps games, i know it sounds weird to like such gimmickie thing . but i always used it and i want to keep using it. I dont listen on very high levels of volume so I thought that maybe the gsx 1000 can be a not bad match for these HD6XX? since this amp comes with not bad 7.1 software . thanks

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Feb 26, 2021
GSX 1000 is really not great especially for the price. I recommend something like the THX AAA ONE or or JDS Labs Atom or Topping A50S. Generally speaking, Sennheiser headphones are great, but their amps are not great. 7.1 emulation to a two channel system (aka a headphone) is very frowned upon in the audiophile world. Seven channel audio should not be played through two channels. There are often channel discrepancies and you miss out on certain sounds. If you like a "surround sound" effect in headphones just buy headphones with good imaging and soundstage. You can get some of the best imaging available in the Drop + Sennheiser PC37X and PC38X. And those are cheap headphones with no need for an amp and they have probably the best built in mic of any headphone out there. No matter what you do, I'd steer away from 5.1/7.1 emulating headphone systems. Trust me, it is a worse experience. You don't know what you're missing.
Feb 27, 2021
thanks :)
Apr 2, 2021
Agreed. 7.1 emulation is not a thing for is head-fi'ers. I've tried it with a Soundblaster portable DAC/amp with surround sound emulation. It was miserable. I would like to add something here although off-topic from the HD6XX. I have HD800's and HD800S's. I plug them into my home theater receiver. I had a top-tier Denon for several years but now I have the latest and the greatest Marantz SR8015. After demoing Yamaha's high-end receivers I can say the same for them as well. All of these receivers can drive the 300ohm HD800's. For all of these receivers you can use virtual surround simulation via the headphone jack. With the HD800/S's and their ridiculously open soundstage the virtual surround simulation actually works extremely well. I've tried this with other open-back high-end headphones but nothing I own beats the Sennheiser HD800/S's. Not even close. Forget getting those surround sound headphones that have their own decoder and wireless transponder. HD800's are the shit. The virtual surround paired with the HD800/S really does give you a perceived sense of sound position and direction. You have to hear it to believe it. Advice: Any source with a lossy sound source, use the HD800's. Immaculate detail retrieval and openness. you can hear things that even the best home theater speakers can't produce and I am using and 11.2 system with M&K Sound speakers with extra amplification. Pop in that Blu-ray with lossless audio and you need to switch to the HD800S. I found out the hard and painful way that the treble spike in the original HD800's will kill your ears. The HD800S doesn't have that treble spike so you can listen to lossless audio loud without giving yourself tinnitus for the rest of your life. The extra bass oomph in the 800S is also a big plus. So any home theater enthusiasts here, I hope this helps. Got neighbors or a partner who don't want to hear your home theater at night, go for the Sennheiser HD800/S headphones.