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You may want to toy around with getting the HD 600s amped off a nicer amp now - something like the FiiO E9 would be pretty good, and reasonably-priced too. From what I heard, it can drive them decently.


The E9 uses the exact same opamp as the Essence STX, with the same voltage output, but is otherwise inferior in noise and distortion. There is no reason to get the E9 if he has no problems with his sound card.

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Case in point - I was ripping all my Slayer albums today and noticed Show No Mercy up to Reign in Blood were remasters. Shock! Horror! Reading online confirmed that they'd been brickwalled, so I promptly found some EAC-ripped FLACs of the Japanese pressings from the 80's to use instead. This loudness war thing.... a pox on it.
 

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You can always go insane searching the Steve Hoffman forums for every single modern release to see if it's worth ripping the CD you bought, or 'finding' a FLAC version of the vinyl (which was mastered differently by someone else) to get the best sounding version. I wouldn't know anything about doing crazy time-consuming work like that though... *cough*.



 

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Originally Posted by Zeroblade View Post

You may want to toy around with getting the HD 600s amped off a nicer amp now - something like the FiiO E9 would be pretty good, and reasonably-priced too.

 

 

 


 

I thought the performance of the E9 is pretty much the same as Xonar's built-in amp?

 

Also, I have stated in the beginning of the topic that Jazz/Classical aren't exactly my thing. Not that I hate them, though. It's just that those kinds of music tend to put me to sleep before I get to enjoy them.

 

I will only make an exception for Cowboy Bebop, though, just because a nice Jazz tune with a cool action scene REALLY go well together.

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Originally Posted by Zeroblade View Post

You may want to toy around with getting the HD 600s amped off a nicer amp now - something like the FiiO E9 would be pretty good, and reasonably-priced too. From what I heard, it can drive them decently.


The E9 uses the exact same opamp as the Essence STX, with the same voltage output, but is otherwise inferior in noise and distortion. There is no reason to get the E9 if he has no problems with his sound card.


Hm, I didn't know that - not very familiar with soundcards so that was a surprise. That being the case, I guess moving up to around 200+ USD would be the next step, assuming he's thinking of getting something beefier to drive them with?

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Hm, I didn't know that - not very familiar with soundcards so that was a surprise. That being the case, I guess moving up to around 200+ USD would be the next step, assuming he's thinking of getting something beefier to drive them with?

 

I'm not sure if I really need more beef for the HD600. I don't want to turn it to a detail monster or something. There are things in modern music that's better left unheard. For now, my HD600 sounds pleasantly forgiving enough without too much coloration.

 

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I'm not sure if I really need more beef for the HD600. I don't want to turn it to a detail monster or something. There are things in modern music that's better left unheard. For now, my HD600 sounds pleasantly forgiving enough without too much coloration.

 


So stay there and be happy beyersmile.png

 

You already have a good soundcard, cheap or half-portable amps are not going to be a deal. For real improvements or changes you should go for a big thing, tubes or professional-orientend... But if you don't want your sound to be nor more detailed nor more colored, there's no point in going there.

 

post #37 of 37

Indeed. It's actually nice that you don't have upgrad-itis like most of us!

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