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Portable Amp/Dac Reccommendations for Sennheiser HD598?

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Can I get a recommendation on amps and/or dacs for the HD 598s?

 

I lurked around head-fi for a month and recently bought my HD 598.  I am looking for something under 100 dollars preferably, but it seemed that the fiio e17 might be the best fit according to some of the earlier threads on head-fi.  I would like some more recent opinions on how it fares with some amplifiers like the Mccoy or the PA2V2.  I found out that amplifiers/dacs don't give a a big night/day performance when paired with headphones (at least at this level), so I would like to request a budget portable amp that would go well with my HD 598.

post #2 of 6
I'm also kind of a beginner here, even though I've been reading threads for a little over a year, and like yourself, I got a Sennheiser HD 598 and guess what, The amp I use is the Fiio e17.

I think it is very good and I like it a lot. The HD598 in my humble opinion sound so much better with these amps than without it almost feels like a different product, so by my experience you are going to like it.

A little extra tip to use it to its best, as a cousin of mine with more experienced suggested, and to increased the sound quality of the combo is : when you get the amp, put it to its maximum sound, which is 60 and put whatever device you are going to use it with to low (don't hurt your own ears smily_headphones1.gif ) and then you level the sound to your liking. This way I felt like the sound for them felt much more alive.

Hope I could help a little.
(Sorry for typing mistakes...)
Edited by DiMenezes - 11/4/13 at 3:37am
post #3 of 6

since you need portable dac/amp.... look for E07 K. If you stretch your budget lil bit, you can go for E 17.

The E17 makes night and day difference for my k240 mkii and HE 400

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Thread Starter 

What kind of source are you guys using?  I was thinking of upgrading my source to get the most out of my soon to be amplifier!  I really appreciate the help folks.

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Originally Posted by PuddingHere View Post
 

What kind of source are you guys using?  I was thinking of upgrading my source to get the most out of my soon to be amplifier!  I really appreciate the help folks.

The sky is the limit with DAP's now days, but if you want to try something different from Apple products, Fiio makes a nice little DAP also.

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Originally Posted by fiascogarcia View Post
Fiio makes a nice little DAP also.

 

Fiio X3 ftw, the firmware update will make possible to use it as a Dac on Notebooks/pc. 

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