I honestly don't do a lot of HP listening these days (don't hurt me!) but I've used Senn HD-600, HD-650 and Grado RS-1 with the headphone out on my MCD-500 with very satisfying results. At least comparable to using an RA-1.
Originally Posted by vcoheda
MCD500 or 306 SACD?
thinking about making this swap. should i . . .
I've never heard the 306 but I couldn't recomend the MCD500 any more highly (YMMV). It does have the McIntosh "house sound" though. What are you looking to hear?
Originally Posted by Bones13
Looks like something to aspire too, especially if SACD remains viable, something I am doubting.
SACDs are great on this machine but it really shines on Redbook playback. Just awesome!
Originally Posted by freakydrew
will the Zero DAC suffice?
I think not. While I'm not familiar with this specific device, in general a DAC converts a digital signal to analog for playback. Your TT outputs an analog signal to begin with.