I'm switching for a tube amp setup so I'll need a separate DAC that only is a DAC.
Pardon mine, you're probably more fluent in hifi than I am. The DC-1 is solely a DAC. The Asus is a DAC, a preamp and an amp all at once. So since I'm gonna go with a tube amplifier, I don't need the preamp/amp abilities of the ASUS anymore... That's why I want a unit that is a DAC only. Am I right?
Oh my... Thanks! So here's what I'd like to have:
- Bottlehead Crack
- A good DAC below $500
- AKG K702
I also have a pair of iKanto i5 active speakers which are ok. But since they're active, I don't need an amp for them so the Bottlehead crack will just be for the headphones. I'm playing Flac and mp3 through my computer, 95% of the time blues and rock music very heavily guitar-oriented (I'm a guitarist).
Thanks! I feel like a total newbee, which I am...
So this long winded story is just to share why I identify with krismusic's quote. I now have the two HD6xx, the K702, a Trafomatic Experience Head One HPamp, my now three years old TEAC PD-HA600 "old faithful" CD player (oh & my old Kenwood also) & that Ladies & Gentlemen is the end of my quest. I also fully agree with many other quotes/posts which point out that in the end it's mostly about what your ears/mind preference is. I don't covet or have any urge to try other HPs or HP amps. The HD600 is my favourite (Canadian spelling) HP while the 650 is a nice change periodically. As for the K702 it fulfills the rare need for a totally different sound but it never lasts long & it depends on the genre of music I'm listening to. The HD600, IMHO, to my ears, to my personal taste, is the best overall HP ever made (never saw or heard the Orpheus) & it makes me laugh (better than crying) when I think that I've come full (expensive) circle. It was a good learning experience, journey because I now realize what I'm happy with.
Just to play devil's advocate, does anyone here feel the reverse of the statement in italics? I've had ample head time with both and know which I'd choose if I had to pick only one....but they both have their strong points, for sure. But if you had to live with only one phone which would you choose? Since this is a hd600 thread I guess the answer is obvious, but on other threads some folks rave about the AKG's.....and reviews do the same as well. Probably it's a case of chocolate vs. vanilla. Anyone like both equally....or almost equally? For sure they're very different, and at one time were TOTL.
I don't think we should keep putting "for the price" when describing the 600 value. the 600 performes well above its price point, and blows away many headphones that are beyond its price point. thats just me though. seems a little too "catch phrasey" to be used smartly.
All very true.
I own a K702.65 and will definitely not be getting rid of it anytime soon because what it does do better than the HD 600 is soundstage and positional accuracy (something I need for competitive gaming), but I'll also be picking up my HD 600 over it to listen to music almost every time.
I also hangout in photography forums. Many people consider him the laughingstock of the internet. Take everything he writes with a huge grain of salt. He's pandering to donations and trying to get corporate sponsors. Not too objective.
An iPhone sounds good? IMPOSSIBRU
Jokes aside, i think technology is getting better and better everyday such that the gap between hifi and consumer is narrowing. Before I got a DAP, I used my HTC 8x for music and it was far from unacceptable. The HD600 sounds okay too, though there was alot of room for improvement.
Looks like some 6 $ eardrops almost completely solved my treble harshness/thin sound/hearing discomfort/fatigue issue.
Seeing my doctor this Friday to check for ear infection/ swimmer's ear/ whatever it is.
That just reminds me... how important our minds and our bodies are in the whole music listening experience.
Sometimes much cheaper to do a hearing check, rather than swapping gear without end.