I'm still pretty new to this scene and I just upgraded from a pair of HD555's to a pair of HD600's. My 555's ran pretty well off my soundcard being that they don't require much to make them work properly....now that my 600's are on the way, I'm starting to think of other ways to get the most out of them. I know this current soundcard will not be enough to get the most out of them and was thinking of upgrading to a new card, or going the Amp/DAC setup.
I listen through both my headphones and speakers so I would really like ONE thing that will properly power both. Since I've always been a fan of good soundcards...and do all of my critical listening at the PC....I was thinking about getting an Xonar Essence....some might say that's not enough to properly power the HD600's, Asus of course disagrees (stating that 600ohms is more than enough), but as I venture into individual Amps and DACs I'm having a hard time knowing whats best for both headphones and my speakers.
I'll be soon upgrading to some Audioengine A5's, or Emotiva's so those will be powered if that makes any difference......
Can anyone suggest either going the card route or a good Amp/DAC (in one unit) around $200-$300 that can accommodate both speakers and headphones such as the HD600's? I know thats not a ton of cash to work with.....but any help would be appreciated.
Edited by StringBoi - 2/25/12 at 7:41pm