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Sounds like Magni is the one.  O2 is nice, I'm sure, but the ODAC lacks optical input (should I need it). Thanks for the input.

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There are also headphones who don't get affected by damping factor. Just a side note smily_headphones1.gif

Impedance vs. frequency

Most Sennheiser's have that mid bass bump... AKG are pretty flat though for one. Most Sennheiser's need good matching amps to help unveil mids and control bass from getting wooly.

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Agree with that. Just thought it's worth mentioning my point. Not that I am mentioning the HD598 althought I seem to. Sorry!

If optical is essential, I think the Schiit combo is hard to beat after all xD or maybe you can go for Modi + O2 combo so that you can use the O2 with battery while on the go but it is only when you do not need that much power thought smily_headphones1.gif

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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Hi,

 

It is my first post here and I'd like to contribute to this thread.

 

I've Sennheisers for 3 weeks now and ODAC for few days. 

 

To be fair without ODAC I had hard time to differentiate 160kb/s mp3 and 320kb/s one ( I dont hear the difference with 320 and flac ), but now I fortunately (or unfortunately) can hear it straight away. 

I'm pleased with most of the music genres, but classical music stands out superbly. I immerse in the sound, compositions that sounded boring to me now have this great clarity that I coudn't imagine before.

Also yesterday I discovered the String Quartet band and the experiance is awesome. Californication tributed from Red hot chilli peppers by them has been officialy raped by replay button.

 

All in all great combo Sennheiser hd 598 + odac, even greater for any type of classical music.

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I disagree, I have the 598 paired with a Dragonfly and it does a very acceptable job for the price. I'd make sure to grab a tail USB thingy if you do go that route, as the direct plug-in is prone to snapping or bending.

Schitt has a nice little stack with the Modi/Magni that you can consider if you have the real estate to fit everything on the desk.


I agree.  I find the Dragonfly (v1.0 in my case) and the HD598 to work very well together.  The HD598 has a very nonlinear impedance curve and the Dragongly has very low output impedance, so they pair well. I also find the HD598 to be rather warm (maybe in comparison to my AKG Q701 and even Beyerdynamic DT250-250), so maybe the Dragonfly helps to cool it off a bit for me.  As always, this is just an opinion!

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They are not too warm with DragonFly, but still, my Ortofon q5 destroys them.

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My HD 598 sounds grainy out of the box somewhere in the mids/treble. I can't pinpoint. It's noticable in the vocals. would it improve with burn in ?

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My HD 598 sounds grainy out of the box somewhere in the mids/treble. I can't pinpoint. It's noticable in the vocals. would it improve with burn in ?

That occured with me too so don't worry about it, after about 100 hrs of burn-in (or your brain adjusting to the sound of your headphones) it won't be as grainy and bass will be much improved. The HD 598 will still be a tad grainy but it's not so bad- as far as far as the vocals go, you might want to try some EQ.


Edited by Garraty - 6/21/14 at 12:19pm
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That occured with me too so don't worry about it, after about 100 hrs of burn-in (or your brain adjusting to the sound of your headphones) it won't be as grainy and bass will be much improved. The HD 598 will still be a tad grainy but it's not so bad- as far as far as the vocals go, you might want to try some EQ.


I think it is because of the 15-20khz peak. if I turn the treble down, the grain is almost gone.

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I think it is because of the 15-20khz peak. if I turn the treble down, the grain is almost gone.

That's probably it. How are your impressions of the HD 598 so far?

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My HD 598 sounds grainy out of the box somewhere in the mids/treble. I can't pinpoint. It's noticable in the vocals. would it improve with burn in ?

 

How unfortunate. I actually found the HD 598s to be virtually grain free out of the box. Then again, I also up convert everything to 24/96KHz (Fidelia or Audirvana using iZotope). Are you playing it out of your Xonar or FiiO? I have read on several reviews that the Xonar line-up tends to be somewhat grainy with certain headphones (especially without OP amp swap); Noticeable on my U3 and iPod Classic, none on my (new) D1 or Yamaha receiver.

 

I also concur that burn-in (both physical and mental) should help. It seems to be a trademark of Sennheiser; long burn-in.


Edited by Bansaku - 6/21/14 at 2:48pm
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How unfortunate. I actually found the HD 598s to be virtually grain free out of the box. Then again, I also up convert everything to 24/96KHz (Fidelia or Audirvana using iZotope). Are you playing it out of your Xonar or FiiO? I have read on several reviews that the Xonar line-up tends to be somewhat grainy with certain headphones (especially without OP amp swap); Noticeable on my U3 and iPod Classic, none on my (new) D1 or Yamaha receiver.

 

I also concur that burn-in (both physical and mental) should help. It seems to be a trademark of Sennheiser; long burn-in.

yes. xonar DGX.

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Some tracks sound grainier. for example

Above and Beyond - on a good day(acoustic version)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKsNE8QJE3g

 

can you guys listen to this song on your cans and tell me if the treble/mids sound harsh?

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Originally Posted by xoriac View Post
 

Some tracks sound grainier. for example

Above and Beyond - on a good day(acoustic version)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKsNE8QJE3g

 

can you guys listen to this song on your cans and tell me if the treble/mids sound harsh?

Wait- you are using high quality lossy or lossless files, correct? 

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