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AMP/DAC for Sennheiser HD598

post #1 of 14
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Hellooooo Head-Fi.

 

I'm looking for an AMP/DAC/Sound Card for my Sennheiser HD598s. By no means I am a audiophile but I've had my HD598s and ASUS Xonar DG sound card for a while now.

 

I'm looking for a way to improve sound quality in any way. My budget is $150-200 AUD.

 

My options so far -

 

1. Fiio E10 ($100)

2. ASUS Xonar D2X ($190)

 

I believe you don't really need an expensive amp, etc to drive the HD598s so my question is how much better are my two options compared to the ASUS Xonar DG? Will there be an improvement in anything?

post #2 of 14

I don't think that you will see a huge improvement with either of those options.  

 

I'd go with the Audinst HUD-MX1.

 

It is an amp/dac box.  Here is a link to a review: http://www.headfonia.com/audinst-hud-mx1-dac/

 

good luck!

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by avengernoonzz View Post

I'm looking for an AMP/DAC/Sound Card for my Sennheiser HD598s. By no means I am a audiophile but I've had my HD598s and ASUS Xonar DG sound card for a while now.

I'm looking for a way to improve sound quality in any way. My budget is $150-200 AUD.

My options so far -

1. Fiio E10 ($100)

2. ASUS Xonar D2X ($190)

I believe you don't really need an expensive amp, etc to drive the HD598s so my question is how much better are my two options compared to the ASUS Xonar DG? Will there be an improvement in anything?

If all your doing is simple 2-channel audio (music), then I say get the Fiio E10.

The Fiio's headphone output comes with a very low impedance, which is a plus for headphone like the HD598, which are only 50-Ohm.

Try using the program Foobar for audio (music).

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

If all your doing is simple 2-channel audio (music), then I say get the Fiio E10.

The Fiio's headphone output comes with a very low impedance, which is a plus for headphone like the HD598, which are only 50-Ohm.

Try using the program Foobar for audio (music).

 

I'll probably go with the Fiio E10. Will there be any improvement from my ASUS Xonar DG sound card?

 

Also what's special about Foobar? (I've never used it before)

 

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Originally Posted by vc1187 View Post

I don't think that you will see a huge improvement with either of those options.  

 

I'd go with the Audinst HUD-MX1.

 

It is an amp/dac box.  Here is a link to a review: http://www.headfonia.com/audinst-hud-mx1-dac/

 

good luck!

 

Thanks! it's a bit hard to find in Australia though. I'll read more about it :D

 

Edited by avengernoonzz - 10/5/12 at 9:04am
post #5 of 14

The Audinist that VC recommended is really awesome. However, if you can find the Fiio for cheeper than $100, go for that. (I bought mine for $65 from B&H)

post #6 of 14
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Cheapest Fiio E10 I could find in Australia is $75 which includes free shipping :D

 

Cheapest Audinst HUD-MX1 I could find is $200 which is in my budget, hmmmmm. Not sure if I want to spend that much anymore, haha. D:

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by avengernoonzz View Post

Cheapest Fiio E10 I could find in Australia is $75 which includes free shipping :D

 

Cheapest Audinst HUD-MX1 I could find is $200 which is in my budget, hmmmmm. Not sure if I want to spend that much anymore, haha. D:

You can find plenty of secondhand sales on the forums here in the for sale/trade section where you can likely purchase items that would normally be out of your budget for a price that is within your budget.

 

Just a tip, since I used to always buy my audio gear new, until I began buying and selling on the forums.

 

Now I'm addicted :-)

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by avengernoonzz View Post

Hellooooo Head-Fi.

 

I'm looking for an AMP/DAC/Sound Card for my Sennheiser HD598s. By no means I am a audiophile but I've had my HD598s and ASUS Xonar DG sound card for a while now.

 

I'm looking for a way to improve sound quality in any way. My budget is $150-200 AUD.

 

My options so far -

 

1. Fiio E10 ($100)

2. ASUS Xonar D2X ($190)

 

I believe you don't really need an expensive amp, etc to drive the HD598s so my question is how much better are my two options compared to the ASUS Xonar DG? Will there be an improvement in anything?

It really depends on what oyu are doing. Is this just for music? if so get a amp/dac. I would suggest the e17 or e7 if you want to take it mobile as well, but the hud mx1 is a good suggestion for desktop. The e10 would be next in line after the the mx1. 

 

If you do plan on gaming and want surround sound you may want to consider a sound card with the 3d technology. If just music then the above works. 

 

Cheers

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes, just for music :)

 

I ended up buying a used Fiio E10 at an awesome price from someone on this site.

post #10 of 14

Sweet deal man, hope you enjoy the pairing :)

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Bump. :P

 

So...

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Try using the program Foobar for audio (music).

 


Why Foobar? I'm new too all of this stuff. I have it installed and such but is there anything I need to do?? sound plugins, etc?

 

Cheers.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by avengernoonzz View Post

Why Foobar? I'm new too all of this stuff. I have it installed and such but is there anything I need to do?? sound plugins, etc?

http://www.head-fi.org/a/foobar2000-a-guide-to-set-up

http://www.head-fi.org/t/616963/the-foobar2000-resource-thread

post #13 of 14

I just got the E7 and E9k combo shipped from Amazon last week.  Awesome results with the HD598.  Great deal at $159 shipped.  Perfect for 320k Spotify off the desktop too.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

 

Thanks.

 

Received my Fiio E10 today and everything is working well ^^

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