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For those who have (had) the combination, how does the Explorer pair with the senn HD 598 ? Thank you !

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No one ?

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No one ?

It is very good with HD 650s, probably the same applies to HD 598
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On sale for $149.00 from Audio Advisor (and Amazon)! I just picked one up and am excited to see how it pairs with my Shure 1540's. It's been a long haul trying to find the amp/dac combination that suits me the most. I hope the Explorer pans out!

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 HOWEVER - I would not recommend this headphone amp (alone) for high-end headphones like Sennheiser HD600-HD800s, HiFiMan HE-500-6Es, etc. - they require more "umph* than this device can deliver. 

 

Do any of you with experience with the HD600/HD650 and using Explorer as amp agree? I'm wondering if there is a usb dac that has enough "umph" to run the HD600 to optimal? 

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 HOWEVER - I would not recommend this headphone amp (alone) for high-end headphones like Sennheiser HD600-HD800s, HiFiMan HE-500-6Es, etc. - they require more "umph* than this device can deliver. 

Do any of you with experience with the HD600/HD650 and using Explorer as amp agree? I'm wondering if there is a usb dac that has enough "umph" to run the HD600 to optimal? 

Best pairing for HD600/HD650 of the current crop is the Geek Out 450. Its a perfect pairing. PM CEE TEE if you want a second opinion.
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Best pairing for HD600/HD650 of the current crop is the Geek Out 450. Its a perfect pairing. PM CEE TEE if you want a second opinion.

 

Thanks for the direction! 

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Nov. will be a good month for Meridian.  ;)

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Agree with that :-)
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On sale for $149.00 from Audio Advisor (and Amazon)! I just picked one up and am excited to see how it pairs with my Shure 1540's. It's been a long haul trying to find the amp/dac combination that suits me the most. I hope the Explorer pans out!

yep. ordered this for $149 yesterday and it feels like a steal based upon what i've read. seems to be a great pairing with the HD 600's from the vast majority of folks who actually have the two.  the meridian seems to have a slightly more rich sound than the geekout from what i've researched.

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yep. ordered this for $149 yesterday and it feels like a steal based upon what i've read. seems to be a great pairing with the HD 600's from the vast majority of folks who actually have the two.  the meridian seems to have a slightly more rich sound than the geekout from what i've researched.

 

In the same boat as you. Let us know how it sounds.

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Best pairing for HD600/HD650 of the current crop is the Geek Out 450. Its a perfect pairing. PM CEE TEE if you want a second opinion.

Is there no (majorly) noticeable benefit to the 720 or 1000 then?

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yep. ordered this for $149 yesterday and it feels like a steal based upon what i've read. seems to be a great pairing with the HD 600's from the vast majority of folks who actually have the two.  the meridian seems to have a slightly more rich sound than the geekout from what i've researched.

In the same boat as you. Let us know how it sounds.
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Best pairing for HD600/HD650 of the current crop is the Geek Out 450. Its a perfect pairing. PM CEE TEE if you want a second opinion.
Is there no (majorly) noticeable benefit to the 720 or 1000 then?

Not with the HD6XX. The 720 is warmer and the 1000 is the warmest of the three.
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up to $150 is this a best buy?

 

How does this compare to dragonfly 1.2 ( same price), micro streamer etc ?

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Personally, I'm digging the Explorer over the DragonFly v. 1.2. To my ears, it's no where near as analytical (in a good way) and seems to have better control over my cans. The Explorer seems to put everything together well. It's not as detailed as the DragonFly, but it's far more musical. For $150, it's a pleasure to listen to. ;)

 

What cans are you listening to? Perhaps someone on here has experience with the synergy between the two. 

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Personally, I'm digging the Explorer over the DragonFly v. 1.2. To my ears, it's no where near as analytical (in a good way) and seems to have better control over my cans. The Explorer seems to put everything together well. It's not as detailed as the DragonFly, but it's far more musical. For $150, it's a pleasure to listen to. ;)

 

What cans are you listening to? Perhaps someone on here has experience with the synergy between the two. 

 

I have the TF10 and TDK BA200 for work use

and occasionally I will throw in the Monoprice 8382.

 

Also I read the Explorer has a impedance of 5 ohms. Any issue as my gear listed is quite sensitive?

Any hissing sound?

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