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DAC or AMP first ?

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Hey Head fi,

I'm about to buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 and I'm wondering if an amp is more important (schitt asgard) or a dac (still choosing). I have a Macbook Pro 13in. 

post #2 of 6

both.....actually

 

or u can just buy one has two functions

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Hey Head fi,

I'm about to buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 and I'm wondering if an amp is more important (schitt asgard) or a dac (still choosing). I have a Macbook Pro 13in. 

You'll get two camps arguing. One saying the mac has good enough onboard sound.

And the other saying without a quality DAC you're just amplifying garbage.

 

With that said, I'll go ahead and say get the amp first. As that is how I started.

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Hey Head fi,

I'm about to buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 and I'm wondering if an amp is more important (schitt asgard) or a dac (still choosing). I have a Macbook Pro 13in. 

For the 650s in particular, an amp should be more important. Most DACs are sufficient enough to do the job. A voltage-loving headphone like the 650 really needs an amp. 

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Hey Head fi,

I'm about to buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 and I'm wondering if an amp is more important (Schitt Asgard) or a DAC (still choosing). I have a Macbook Pro 13in. 

Apple products seem to come with half-way decent DACs.

Everything I hear about the HD650 is it really is at it's best with a healthy dose of amping.

 

If you want a low cost DAC & amp. combo.

Indeed MK2 single tube headphone amplifier, sells on eBay for $95.

SMSL SD-1955 DAC, sells on eBay for $100.

post #6 of 6

There's actually only one possible answer to this question and that's you have to buy the amp first for the simple reason that buying a DAC (unless it's a combo unit) will leave you without any way to drive the headphones so it's not too useful.

 

BTW, The HD 650 love tube amps.

 

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Originally Posted by UpWaiting View Post

Hey Head fi,

I'm about to buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 and I'm wondering if an amp is more important (schitt asgard) or a dac (still choosing). I have a Macbook Pro 13in. 

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