edit: sound card and amp inquiry
Just bought a pair of Senn HD598's...but I am also aware that their bass is pretty light. I have been looking into getting a better setup for when I am home, so portability isn't a factor.
I need some clarification due to some mixed reviews on here that kind of confused me. Originally I planned on getting either the Fiio e9, e10, or e17...I nixed the e9 because someone stated how terrible it was with the 598's and how it ruined the sound quality in several ways. Has anyone else noticed that as a bad combo?
I also saw some high recommendations for AudioQuest Dragonfly, iBasso DZero or D-7, and ODAC + 02...I don't know much when it comes to DAC (other than it converts to analog and improves the quality of the recording), but I understand basics with amps. I read that DAC isn't compatible with Apple, which poses a problem, since my sources are an iPod, MacBook Pro, and iPhone...but then I read some other threads recommending DAC hookups for Apple users. Ha so now I am lost...can someone please help clarify, or possibly simply the DAC and Apple thing?
My main question: What combo above is ideal for my Senn's + sound card + amp? Also, which are compatible and optimal for Apple OS + Senn's HD598?
The HD598's are low impedance, so I know it doesn't take a lot to power them, but I plan on diversifying my hp collection over time. I just want to bring out as much as possible in the 598's. I am not sure if I should just buy a high quality soundcard, just a high quality amp...or buy BOTH a sound card and amp, but of slightly lesser quality. The threads about 598's seem to go back and forth about what actually does the most and what's actually worth it.
I would reeeally appreciate some feedback! This forum is so helpful :) I have a major wish list that never stops building. Haha the more I read on here about different hp style's, the more I want to expand my collection- definitely a new addiction!
Edited by April2Ari - 2/22/13 at 1:56pm