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post #1861 of 1910
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Originally Posted by periofab View Post
 


I am very curious, could you try to precise what you feel this combination brings to the sound of these headphones ? And what kind of music dou yo listen to with it ?

 

I listen to a wide variety of music, but in general, the Senn HD 598 has a nice mid range, reasonable clarity and detail without fatigue.  I added the amp, frankly, because I felt that with the Dragonfly along, the music lacked weight (and volume, when I wanted to play it loud).

 

Hope that helps...

post #1862 of 1910

Wow. That DAC is so small. Awesome.

 

Nice review.

post #1863 of 1910
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 

 

I listen to a wide variety of music, but in general, the Senn HD 598 has a nice mid range, reasonable clarity and detail without fatigue.  I added the amp, frankly, because I felt that with the Dragonfly along, the music lacked weight (and volume, when I wanted to play it loud).

 

Hope that helps...

It does, thanks ! I plan to get a usb DAC, and so far I'm considering the AQ Dragonfly, HRT microstreamer and Meridian Explorer... So trying to gather information and the feelings of those who experienced these combinations with the HD 598.

post #1864 of 1910
I think I am finally figuring out this Dragofly audiophile headphone thing. Bitperfect software is automatically upsampling my cd's ripped to apple lossless files at a rate of 88200 Hz and now my Dragonfly is showing amber.
Edited by bpcans - 6/20/14 at 12:29pm
post #1865 of 1910
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I think I am finally figuring out this Dragofly audiophile headphone thing. Bitperfect software is automatically upsampling my cd's ripped to apple lossless files at a rate of 88200 Hz and now my Dragonfly is showing amber.

 

You can adjust/control that behavior in Bitperfect.  Try experimenting to see if you like the effect on or off and with Linear or Minimum phase filters (that's adjustable in Bitperfect, as well).

post #1866 of 1910
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You can adjust/control that behavior in Bitperfect.  Try experimenting to see if you like the effect on or off and with Linear or Minimum phase filters (that's adjustable in Bitperfect, as well).
So your saying Krutsch that I should just play with it a little bit and see what I like better?
post #1867 of 1910

I have been researching DACs and Amps and I am looking at the Dragonfly 1.2 or Fiio E17. Anyone know how the E17s DAC is compared to Dragonfly? Also is there a substantial and noticeable difference in the smoothness from the DF to the DF1.2 like Audioquests website says. Trying to figure out if the 1.2 is worth fifty more dollars.

post #1868 of 1910
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So your saying Krutsch that I should just play with it a little bit and see what I like better?

 

Well, that's what I have done.  You milage may vary, but I was surprised at the differences between using / not using SRC with different DACs.

 

My belief is that the DF does benefit from up-sampling redbook or lossy tracks.

post #1869 of 1910
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

I listen to a wide variety of music, but in general, the Senn HD 598 has a nice mid range, reasonable clarity and detail without fatigue.  I added the amp, frankly, because I felt that with the Dragonfly along, the music lacked weight (and volume, when I wanted to play it loud).

Hope that helps...

Krutsch, off topic for this thread, but notice similarities between your chain and mine. Specifically, mLink--love this usb interface, wondering if you think ifi improves it at all. mLink is supposed to have excellent power regulation already.
Thanks
post #1870 of 1910
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Krutsch, off topic for this thread, but notice similarities between your chain and mine. Specifically, mLink--love this usb interface, wondering if you think ifi improves it at all. mLink is supposed to have excellent power regulation already.
Thanks

 

The mLink does have excellent power handling and I don't think the iUSBPower adds anything there.  I did some ad-hoc comparisons and really couldn't hear any difference.

 

I'm with you on the Bel Canto mLink - the most significant impact as compared with everything else I've added to my rig, other than new headphones.  It really is all about clean power and low-noise, accurate clocks.  You can find them online now for $199.00 and at that price it's an absolute steal.

 

I've removed the iUSBPower from my head-fi rig and moved it to my 2-channel system, between my MacBook and the integrated amp's DAC module.  Made a nice difference there, but it's subtle.

post #1871 of 1910

I just recently got mine.  The Dragonfly paired with Audirvana Plus results in very impressive sound quality!

post #1872 of 1910
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I just recently got mine.  The Dragonfly paired with Audirvana Plus results in very impressive sound quality!

 

Congrats.  Think about pairing your new Dragonfly with an out-board amp; even something inexpensive, like a FiiO E11 (what I like with the DF).  Night and day for me and my ears.

post #1873 of 1910
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post
 

 

Congrats.  Think about pairing your new Dragonfly with an out-board amp; even something inexpensive, like a FiiO E11 (what I like with the DF).  Night and day for me and my ears.


Would you recommend a similar setup to this ^ (usb dac with separate amp) as opposed to buying a more expensive desktop DAC with a built in amp? Right now I only have MDr V6 and Dt 770 80 ohm but I am planning to upgrade at some point to something more along the lines of an HD 600 headpone.

post #1874 of 1910

It really depends on the individual equipment you are thinking about buying more than the comparison of separate vs built in amp.  I currently use the Dragonfly with the Little Dot Mk V, a solid state amplifier, and I get great results. (The LD mkV works great with the HD 600 btw).  Also consider that the Dragonfly has a built in amp, which can make do until you save up for a dedicated headphone amp.  The one argument that goes for getting separate DAC and amp is that you will have more options to choose from.  

post #1875 of 1910

^^ That's it... I missed the amp section in your signature.  Enjoy your pairing (I've read great things about the LD).

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