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Headphone Amp and/or DAC recommendations for new owner of Sennheiser HD 598's

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I apologize if this topic has been covered before (this is my first thread posted) but I have absolutely no experience with headphones/headphone amps/DAC's etc...  My current pre-amp in my home stereo system does NOT have a headphone jack.  I just bought a pair of Sennheiser HD 598's and would like recommendations for a compatible headphone amp to go with them.  I'd also like to know if I could just buy an outboard DAC with a volume control and run my CD player directly through that to drive these phones without a headphone amp at all!?!?  My budget is $300.00 max, but would like to keep it less than that.  Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.

 

 

The specs on the HD 598's are as follows:
 
Technical Data
Frequency response (headphones) 12-38,500 Hz
Wearing style Around-the-ear
Impedance 50 ohms
Connector 1/4 inch (6.3mm)
Cable length 10 ft, detachable (single sided)
Transducer principle Open-Aire
Total harmonic distortion <0.1%
Weight (w/o cable) 9.52 ounces (225 g)
Total SPL 112 dB
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UPC code 615104187733
EAN code 4044155056082
Dimensions (single) 8.07 x 3.94 x 9.45 in
Weight (single) 1.42 lbs
Dimensions (master carton) 16.81 x 13.66 x 10.51 in
post #2 of 8

As the Senn HD598 are only 50-Ohm, they are fairly easy to drive, so do not need much of an amplifier.

So any $150- $200 external DAC should work fine.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks, PA.  Is there any particular spec (or specs) I need to look for when I shop for a DAC?  BTW - Do you have any suggestions, DAC wise?

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Thread Starter 

I was looking at the D1 from Maverick Audio.  Seems to have a lot of versatility and it fits my budget.

 

http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1

 

Any comments... better ideas...?

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Originally Posted by Stereonut View Post

I was looking at the D1 from Maverick Audio.  Seems to have a lot of versatility and it fits my budget.

 

http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1

 

Any comments... better ideas...?

Comes with lots of options, would be nice to know what DAC chip it comes with.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Now that I've looked a little further, i see this is ranked #3 here

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/amp-dacs

post #7 of 8

Matrix M stage fits your budget as well. Its a very basic dac/amp combo. 

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Grrrr!!! Evil or Very Mad  

Just to be sure, I e-mailed customer service at Maverick Audio regarding the D1 headphone amp/pre/DAC to be sure it can do what I want it to do.  (My specific question was whether the headphone amp output ran through the tube in the unit.)

Maverick Audio Response:
"The headphone output on the D1 is solid state only, there is just not enough room for putting a tube driven headphone amp section. The tube only powers the tube pre-out."

Now what...??? Duh!
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