Best DAC to pair with Sennheiser HD6XX and Drop + THX AAA 789 Amp?

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I just put in my order the other day for the HD6XX and Drop THX 789. I am not sure what DAC I should pair with them. I have read a bunch of the posts here and got some ideas but I still can't decide. Right now I was thinking of waiting for the Drop + Grace Balanced DAC or the SMSL SU-8 to drop again or even grabbing one of them off of Amazon. Would either of those be a good pairing or is there something better I should be getting? The only thing I don't like about the SU-8 is that it is silver. The SU-9 comes in black but it's more expensive. My only requirement is that I want it to be balanced. I would prefer something in the $200-300 range but would be willing to spend more if it's absolutely worth it and going to be a noticeable difference. Thanks!
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Look into the ifi Zen Dac. Enough power to drive the HD6XX and it has a balanced output option. The Zen Dac can also render MQA files if you are interested to hear what those sound like. For the complete MQA unfold, you will also need software like Audirvana.
RayF
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Apr 9, 2021
What are you using for source files/music?
Syxxspeed
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Apr 9, 2021
mp3 files mostly. I'm pretty sure most are 320 kbps quality. I used to DJ so I have a lot of music in my library.
RayF
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Apr 10, 2021
Well there's no limit to how much money you can toss at given system, but it'll never sound better than the music you feed into it. I have your headphones and a Jotunheim DAC/Amp and while I don't think that set up sounds bad, it sounds MUCH better when I find better files to play through it, even videos on Youtube can beat my older mp3s (from ripped CDs). Couple of favorite examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEUDD0zlNaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_XJ_s5IsQc


Whataboutbob
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Apr 9, 2021
I also am interested as I have a thx 789 on order. Stepping up from a liquid spark. using a $40 mp3 / flac player, no dac and hd 650's