Recommend AMP / DAC for the HD 6XX
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Does anyone have a suggested AMP / DAC for the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX?

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, after review I ended up getting the Schiit Modi 2 and Vali 2!
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Wenty
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My setup. =]
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vkaiwar
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Jul 30, 2020
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DAC: Schiit Bifrost Amp: EarMax (original not the pro with Mullard 12AT7; Telefunken 6GM8's); Schiit Vali 2 (with Heintz and Kaufmann 5670 tube): the EarMax is more fluid sounding, bass isn't great but midrange is sublime; Vali 2 has better bass (and is more versatile; I'm getting good results with HifiMan HE400 with Dekoni angled fenestrated sheepskin pads and Dekoni Nuggets on the headband).
Jul 30, 2020
Brutus64
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Jul 27, 2020
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DarkVoice + Topping E30. Or JDS Labs Arom + El Dac.
Jul 27, 2020
FDkevin
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Jun 5, 2020
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My equipment for reference: DAC: Topping D10 and D30 Grace Design SDAC (Built in on the DROP Cavalli Tube Hybrid) AMP: SMSL SAPII(sold) DROP Cavalli Tube Hybrid(CTH) with built in SDAC Below are what I would recommend for someone new to the hobby: DAC: I like D10 and D30 more than Grace SDAC, and I can't see how sound can improve further from D10 or D30, so I would definitely recommend them. only difference between D10 and D30 is input options. AMP: (Budget) Monolith Spark, Any Schiit entry level solid state, JDS Atom. Buy these if you are on a budget of $100 to $200, or if you want to experience "upgrade"; it's like if your first car is a Mercedes Benz instead of a Civic, you wouldn't really know how nice the Mercedes Benz is. (Preferred) SMSL SP200 THX, Drop 789 THX. For how cheap these amps are now (~$259 and $299), I can't find any reason of getting other amps between $200 to $300. When I upgraded from budget SMSL SAPII, SMSL SP200 wasn't released, and DROP THX 789 was $399, and I found a CTH for $140 on eBay, that's why I went with it. If I am in the market again to upgrade from SAPII, i'd definitely go with THX amps listed above. (Nostalgic) Darkvoice Tube Amp suppose to sound very nice with HD6XX, definitely one amp i'd like to get my hands on one day. But they run super hot, so may not be the most ideal daily use amp. Sky is the limit with amps, but based on reviews I've read and watched, unless you have really well trained ears, you won't hear much difference past THX technology offered by SMSL or Drop. I have not heard everything I have listed, but based on reviews of equipment I already have, and compare them to reviews of equipment I don't have by the same person, I can kinda tell what i would like and suggest others to buy. Based on my own experience, i'd say Headphone accounts for 60% of the sound, 25% is amp, and 15% is DAC. So if you like the headphone to begin with, you are going to enjoy the music out of them as long as you have enough power to drive it.
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Jun 5, 2020
Nosferatu93
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May 29, 2020
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Fiio E10k
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jprovido
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May 16, 2020
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I use Mayflower ARC with mine.
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jaxtrauma
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Apr 14, 2020
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Great choices
Apr 14, 2020
rip_king
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Apr 7, 2020
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topping D10 + JDS Atom
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Onslash
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topping dx3 pro
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yevsh
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Mar 13, 2020
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What do think about Fiio k5pro?
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