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post #2746 of 3802

the HD598 are great cans, mine sounds great from an simple HD audio motherboard sound card, but I heard that with an additional Fiio E17 + E09k it can bring this cans to life :)

post #2747 of 3802
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Originally Posted by buldome View Post
 

the HD598 are great cans, mine sounds great from an simple HD audio motherboard sound card, but I heard that with an additional Fiio E17 + E09k it can bring this cans to life :)

 

I heard (or hear) that they're quite alive without any amp. I don't know how the sound is from your sound card, but I can tell you after hours A/B switching between line out through a very good amp and direct iPhone 5 output, I could hear no difference. The new CanOpener app, on the other hand, will boost the bass and add useable crossfeed for a lot less than an amp and DAC.

post #2748 of 3802
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Originally Posted by Phredd View Post
 

 

I heard (or hear) that they're quite alive without any amp. I don't know how the sound is from your sound card, but I can tell you after hours A/B switching between line out through a very good amp and direct iPhone 5 output, I could hear no difference. The new CanOpener app, on the other hand, will boost the bass and add useable crossfeed for a lot less than an amp and DAC.

 

Thanks for the tip on CanOpener.  Very, very cool app.  Now if only they would add Sennheiser HD598 cans to the list 

:L3000:

 

BTW, which setting so you use with the 598s?  Just curious...

post #2749 of 3802

Just received my cans today, i wonder if i have to amp them a bit. I have a phoebus soundcard (no laughing, it works very well for me) and it has 3 settings:

- Normal gain, 0dB, <64 ohm

- High gain, 6dB, 64 ~ 150 ohm

- Extra gain, 12dB, >150 ohm

 

They sound fantastic on normal, but kind of lack the punch of the next setting.

post #2750 of 3802
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Originally Posted by Glasofruix View Post
 

Just received my cans today, i wonder if i have to amp them a bit. I have a phoebus soundcard (no laughing, it works very well for me) and it has 3 settings:

- Normal gain, 0dB, <64 ohm

- High gain, 6dB, 64 ~ 150 ohm

- Extra gain, 12dB, >150 ohm

 

They sound fantastic on normal, but kind of lack the punch of the next setting.

 

I have the asus essence stx at high gain 300ohm and extra gain 600ohms. I just hear more noise/static

 

they don't really need an amp

post #2751 of 3802

A high gain setting on the amp would normally add more sparkle and attack to the sound, making sound more edgy and lively at the cost of smoothness. I'd take the extra edgyness and attack, without them they tend to sound more sleepy.
Also the bass becomes more solid and defined.
But as stated heavy amping is not really needed.

post #2752 of 3802
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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post
 

A high gain setting on the amp would normally add more sparkle and attack to the sound, making sound more edgy and lively at the cost of smoothness. I'd take the extra edgyness and attack, without them they tend to sound more sleepy.
Also the bass becomes more solid and defined.
But as stated heavy amping is not really needed.

 

I too, noticed a difference with high gain... i also noticed a big difference when i used an amp, mostly the bass frequency and soundstage isn't nearly as strong and bigger when i play them through my laptop. Then again, my laptop's on board sound is crap to begin with... if your PC already has a decent soundcard (even if it came with the motherboard, some are actually decent), you probably won't hear a difference with a amp.

 

Check this out (i know, 558, same drivers though)

 

Notice the peak at 100 Hz, it's around 275 ohms.


Edited by joshwalnut - 9/18/13 at 2:49pm
post #2753 of 3802

Well, i'm not going all the way up to the extra gain anyway, it sounds already very nice on +6dB high gain, i'll just leave it like that and let my brain get used to the new sound.

 

Another thing, i just played some Borderlands 2, not sure how to get the positionnal audio right. I've set the speakers to 7.1 (as most of the games seem to look into the speakers' control panel to get into surround mode), then activated dolby home theater v4, got rid of the EQ, dialogue enhancements and volume leveler. Cranked the surround to 1/3, it sounds like surround, but the rear channels seem a bit clunky, maybe it's because dolby doesn't make the separation as clearly as my previous headset did. Any suggestions on how to get things right?

post #2754 of 3802
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 

 

Thanks for the tip on CanOpener.  Very, very cool app.  Now if only they would add Sennheiser HD598 cans to the list 

:L3000:

 

BTW, which setting so you use with the 598s?  Just curious...

 

I use the HD600, but they're adding the HD598.

post #2755 of 3802

That EQ in the OP really helped me, after 2 years!

post #2756 of 3802

Hi,

I am going to get the sennheiser HD 598's and i want to use a FiiO E07k or an E10, my question is first of all is this a good combo? (my first good headphones) . also is the E10 any better than the E07k in sound quality. the thing is that where i live the E07k is only about $15 more than the E10 ($95 & $80) so the portability and analog audio in is a benefit for an acceptable extra. another thing is the beyerdynamics DT990 Pro 250 ohms any good compared to the HD598's as the 598's are overpriced here (around $300) and i think i will find DT990 Pro in the same price range. :) . are the cans worth this price and what are the alternatives.

 

so which headphones is better and which DAC/Amp is suitable for it.

 

I do listen to [ Classical,Trance/Electronic,Orchestral,Symphonic metal/Vocal,Reggae,occasional Rock,Hip Hop & R&B ] and i do a lot of gaming and movie watching. :)

 

also i read a lot about the cracking problem is there a way to tell if the set is from the new material series as i think no return policy in here.

 

Thanks ,,

post #2757 of 3802

They sound great with the E10 but even without you can enjoy them. They're lacking in bass impact (for the electronic stuff) so you need to tweak them a little with the EQ, or you can use the bass bost of the E10.


Edited by Nachash - 9/19/13 at 5:54am
post #2758 of 3802

Regarding my dolby "problem" i tried with battlefield 3 and curiosly it works as it should in multiplayer, the positionnal audio is quite precise, i'm impressed.


Edited by Glasofruix - 9/19/13 at 8:14am
post #2759 of 3802

Thinking of picking up the HD 598's and fiio e10 or would i need the Asus Essence STX "Dolby" for gaming? Kind of new to high-end audio, been using headsets for a long time. Feel like it's a good time to upgrade.

post #2760 of 3802


I don't think you really need an amp with an STX.

 

 

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