I have recently purchased HD6XX and I have a Scarlett Solo audio interface and Creative X3 DAC.
Primarily I’m listening to classical music and film scores. I’m using Scarlett Solo audio interface to record classical music (with acoustic guitar, digital piano and signature frequency energy chimes, singing bowls and tuning forks).
Ideally, of course, I understand that HD6XX require something like a quality tube amplifier.
As I was experimenting with settings I put Scarlett Solo in a chain with X3 both set on 192kHz/24bit/1024 and when I started listening I realized the sound is completely different than when I used each separately. I have no experience in the field and these are my first top level headphones. I just have very good ears and performance experience in acoustic guitar and piano. I’ve heard tube amplified and vinyl analog signals before and what I heard processed through the chain sounded very close to tube signal. Deep and warm sound. Not just clear sound but all bands are clearly independently resonating, there is less phasing and it sounds like entire signal is coming through and forming a more balanced sound, meaning you hear every instrument and it doesn’t disappear without fully playing itself out and disturbing any other instrument. Its almost like it faster at compressing the signal without dampening any specific band and you hear all of it, no note missing.
So my question is, is it technically true that combining uncolored clear Scarlett with highly sophisticated and unique X3 can do that work? Is chaining usually producing this type of effect? Am I “right” that running uncolored signal 192/24/1024 through Solo and feeding it into X3 for balancing, compression, coloring and processing would allow the signal to be deep, precise and fully expressed? And what are you general thoughts on it?
P.S. I’m using gold plated oxygen-free copper with am-phenol cables to connect Solo to X3.