Originally Posted by streetdragon
Uhh basically left earcup on the right ear and right earcup on the left ear. Not upside down lol.
What?!? Headphones are directional?!?! Hmmm.... are you sure about this? I may have been doing it wrong all these years.
Ha, ha. Just kidding. Of course I knew about that left/right thing. I did. Really.
The HD598 are a nice phone. If you are looking for a good $50 desktop amp for the HD598, I can't recommend one since I don't know the market for amps in that price range.
But if you're able to spend $50-60 more, I highly recommend the FiiO E09k. I'm really tickled at how good this amp sounds. Fantastic with both the 598s and the 600s.
I also recently got a Schiit Magni for $99. I haven't tried it yet with my Sennheisers, but this amp get a lot of raves as well.
These are two to look up. I'd say if you are looking for a desktop amp to use for a year or more, the extra cost above your $50 target will be well worth it. For the sound quality you'll be enjoying, it's really not that much more stretched over time.
Edit. Hmmm... Come to think of it, you may want to look into the FiiO E10. It's a USB dac meant for computer and has an amp built in. I have one. I used it as a dac & amp for a short while and then just the dac section with a line out feed to another amp. I recall it sounded very nice as an amp, though not as engaging as the E09K. It's a great value, though, and might just be the thing for you. I got mine in a deal for about $54, but I think they normally run around $75 or so.Edited by K.T. - 11/24/13 at 10:32am