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post #46 of 65
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Originally Posted by XxDobermanxX View Post

The E17 ive read is the best combo for the hd 598, people say they sound horrible with the e10(darker) and e11. also the e17 has both a dac and an amp 

 

I used e11 with my 598 and it was ok. Definitely not "horrible".

post #47 of 65
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Originally Posted by Olympus Mons View Post

Should be OK without an amp but they will sound better with one

 

This^

 

it really depends on your sound card though. I tried my HD598s via laptop and they sounded horrible. You're not doing yourself a service by listening without an amp. You should donate plasma for extra cash and buy an amp.

post #48 of 65
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Originally Posted by markzi View Post

So I'm getting a new pair of sennheiser HD 598s soon but I cannot afford an amp. Will they still sound good? I currently own a pair of Philips SBC HP400. Will I notice a difference?

 

they sound great without an amp, they just have a lot of potential with a good amp

post #49 of 65
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Originally Posted by jc2012 View Post

 

I used e11 with my 598 and it was ok. Definitely not "horrible".


really? im running out of an ipod and hardly noticed a difference with the e11

post #50 of 65
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Originally Posted by Frosty3258 View Post


really? im running out of an ipod and hardly noticed a difference with the e11

I ran my 558s (same driver) from iPhone 4s and iPad 3 with a Fiio e7 (now e07k). Depending on what I was playing, there was an improvement but it was fairly small in most cases. When I moved to the Aune T1 there was a BIG difference. The depth of sound, soundstage, and music detail really came out. They seemed like new headphones. Of course the Aune is a desktop hybrid unit. If you need a portable unit like the Fiio, the difference amped vs. unamped is less dramatic (at least with the e7, which is entry level dac/amp).
post #51 of 65
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Originally Posted by teb1013 View Post


I ran my 558s (same driver) from iPhone 4s and iPad 3 with a Fiio e7 (now e07k). Depending on what I was playing, there was an improvement but it was fairly small in most cases. When I moved to the Aune T1 there was a BIG difference. The depth of sound, soundstage, and music detail really came out. They seemed like new headphones. Of course the Aune is a desktop hybrid unit. If you need a portable unit like the Fiio, the difference amped vs. unamped is less dramatic (at least with the e7, which is entry level dac/amp).

agreed, im getting a Benalli HA540 and it sounds fantastic

post #52 of 65
The Bellari is a great looking amp. Of course tube rolling can be addictive if you don't watch out! Good luck.
post #53 of 65
Haha that's what I have heard, it hasn't even came yet and there are a few I am thinking on trying out : )
post #54 of 65

i have this great cans and sounds so faded and dark from an external asus xonar u3 usb audio card, also from my laptop motherboard sound card it souns simple and nothing wow, do you guys thing with an additional dac + amp e17 + e09k will bring this cans to life?

post #55 of 65
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Originally Posted by buldome View Post

i have this great cans and sounds so faded and dark from an external asus xonar u3 usb audio card, also from my laptop motherboard sound card it souns simple and nothing wow, do you guys thing with an additional dac + amp e17 + e09k will bring this cans to life?

I have had these cans for little over a month now and have tried them with no amp from iPod, a fiio e11, and the bellari. I really like how they sound. The e11 had very little effect compared to being unamped. with the bellari i think i just like the tube sound. as far as the cans, to me the mids are forward, the treble is nice if not ever so much recessed and I prefer the arguably anemic bass. If they sound muddy or faded i would check your music sources and that all the drivers are properly installed. With your setup I personally don't see any reason to go with fiio. They are a decent start for amps and Dac's but your setup is not far at all from, certainly better than a naked iPod which to me sounds fine though has definite room for improvement. if your sources are good, your drivers are good, and you still feel they sound "off" they probably just are not the right cans for you IMO. Before you write them off try them elsewhere, at an audio store or at a friends just in their computer to see if they still sound blah, could tell if it is a hardware issue.
Edited by Frosty3258 - 9/17/13 at 9:07pm
post #56 of 65

i like what it sounds and i love this cans, best i ever have, they are quite musical, but my question is if deserve or not to invest in an additional dac+amp, will they really shine with it? because you see this cans costs ~250$ and my amp/dac asus xonar u3 costs ~35$ and maybe the asus can't make it reach it's true potential because may be limited by source


Edited by buldome - 9/18/13 at 9:25am
post #57 of 65
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Originally Posted by buldome View Post

i like what it sounds and i love this cans, best i ever have, they are quite musical, but my question is if deserve or not to invest in an additional dac+amp, will they really shine with it? because you see this cans costs ~250$ and my amp/dac asus xonar u3 costs ~35$ and maybe the asus can't make it reach it's true potential because may be limited by source

Got you. I really like the tube sound with them. If you can I would go to an audio place and listen to a few ss and tube amps. I find fiio to be mediocre, creek audio makes good ss amps though. I don't have any experience with Dac's so can't really say there.
post #58 of 65

all right, thank you, soon i will go in a store and try it :)

post #59 of 65

Another HD 598 owner here, vouching that they sound good amped, and better with a dac/amp combo. :)

post #60 of 65
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Originally Posted by gameboy View Post

Another HD 598 owner here, vouching that they sound good amped, and better with a dac/amp combo. smily_headphones1.gif

Do you prefer a ss amp or tube with these? Just curious
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