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Do the HD598 need an Amp?

post #1 of 8
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So as you guys know I just bought the Senn HD598, and I diden't buy an amp with it.

I have an option to buy a basic amp for it, only amp (I think, it's not DAC) it's pure analog, for like $80. Is it worth it?

I hear the headphones just high enough volume on my soundcard, will it not only increase the volume but also the quality?

Well what I do feel is, as opose to what I heard in the store.. Maybe it was the burn in mine is currently having, is that at higher volumes, it starts getting off cue... It gets messed up. And I think that if I buy an amp, it will be like (or close) to what I heard in the store...

Would I rather buy an amp for $80 and attach it to my computer, or should I buy a $200 sound card like the Xonar DX?

Which would sound better?


Edited by tals - 3/24/12 at 2:16pm
post #2 of 8

I didn't notice a difference amped vs unamped. If there was one, it would be extremely minor at best.

 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

nevermind


Edited by tals - 3/24/12 at 2:15pm
post #4 of 8

Agreed, does not need an amp nor could I tell any difference with or without other than volume...

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

I went to a store, and bought the Traktor AUDIO 2, which is a DAC (96k, 24 bit) and it boosts my volume a little more. I think it's better, not sure tho :|

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Originally Posted by tals View Post

 

Would I rather buy an amp for $80 and attach it to my computer, or should I buy a $200 sound card like the Xonar DX?


Do you mean the ST/STX ? The Xonar DX is much cheaper than $200, but does not have a great headphone amplifier. If you intend to use the HD598 with a computer mainly, then the FiiO E10 (USB DAC+amplifier for ~$80) would work well.

 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by tals View Post
So as you guys know I just bought the Senn HD598, and I diden't buy an amp with it.

I have an option to buy a basic amp for it, only amp (I think, it's not DAC) it's pure analog, for like $80. Is it worth it?

I hear the headphones just high enough volume on my soundcard, will it not only increase the volume but also the quality?

Well what I do feel is, as opose to what I heard in the store.. Maybe it was the burn in mine is currently having, is that at higher volumes, it starts getting off cue... It gets messed up. And I think that if I buy an amp, it will be like (or close) to what I heard in the store...

Would I rather buy an amp for $80 and attach it to my computer, or should I buy a $200 sound card like the Xonar DX?

Which would sound better?

The Asus Xonar DG will do a better job of driving the HD598 then your motherboard's built in sound.

The Xonar DG is only $26.99 and some places have a $10 mail in rebate on the DG.

The Fiio E10 USB/DAC/Headphone amplifier ($65) would also do nicely.
 

 

 

post #8 of 8

Any source for this mail-in rebate on the Xonar DG?

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