I have been researching the subject of buying an amp for a very long time.
I still have ATH-ESW9s and Sennheiser MX980s playing out of a Sony X-1060 as my portable setup, will probably be gettnig HD25-1(II) to see if I like them more than the ESW9s some time in the future too.
What I want to do is to neutralize the warm sound of my X-1060 and get a bit more neutral sound from the ESW9s. That is the main goal of getting a portable amp for me.
Maybe I will also use it with my MX980s to see how they do with an amp.
I have been looking for a decent/ not too expensive amp for some time and after deciding against Fiio E7 I found the fantastic reviews Skylab posted for Corda 3Move and XXS/ Headsix.
I decided to buy one of these then, but still have doubts.
I will primarily be using the amp in a portable setup so a DAC will not be needed here. I watch movies using my HD555s from my PC and listen to some music using other phones from he PC too and the though and the soundcard in my PC is truly horrible.
I thought that maybe it would be nice to have a DAC that I would connect to my PC when needed and enhance the sound a bit - not necessarily for movies, but maybe for music.
To my main question now:
Should I get a Corda XXS/Headsix and maybe a separate DAC like the Headstage DAC Cable ine the future?
Should I get Corda 3Move with a built-in DAC?
SQ-wise it seems that 3Move and XXS are the same except for crossoever that is not available with XXS.
3Move is available for 225 Euro while XXS is available for 140 Euro.
Is the crossover setting worth upgrading to 3Move?
Is 3Move superior to XXS in any other way apart from crossover availability?
I can spend the money to buy 3Move, I want to spend the money wisely and not pay more than I actually should.
I will really appreciate your input and help on this topic.