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Need help picking an amp for my HD 600s

post #1 of 12
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Hey guys. Long time reader, first time poster. I have had my Sennheiser HD 600s for a few years now. Before that, I only had the budget for headphones that were less than $100. HD 600s broke my bank and for these years I haven't really had a budget for new audio equipment (can you tell I can't support an audiophile hobby yet?). Nonetheless, I've scrapped some funds together and decided I should try to help my HD600s reach more of their potential. I cannot go above 500 dollars (including tubes, other necessary accessories, shipping, etc.) and I know that greatly limits my options. I have been taking a look at MP-301 MK3 2013 Deluxe and Schiit Valhalla. I have been reading reviews to try to get a clear picture of what is best for me but I am still unsure because of where HD 600s lie in the impedance spectrum. If anyone could tell me what they think would be best that would be great! I will also consider any other recommendations you might have. Thanks a lot in advance for any help you can give to this newbie. I hope in a few years I will be able to make a much more substantial upgrade ;).

post #2 of 12

Do you have a dac already? If not, I would recommend the NFB-11.32 by audio-gd. It is a dac, amp and pre-amp combo. I have the nfb-10es2, which is the balanced version of it, along with the hd600s. A friend of mine has the 11.32 though, and I've tried it out. 

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendation. I have never looked into DACs. I understand what it does on a technical level. Do amps typically need a DAC to really work? If so, I may need to rethink my budget haha.

post #4 of 12

The dac is a pretty important part of the chain, right after the amp. Your computer, laptop, cd player, etc already have build in dacs but generally they do not perform well, especially compared to external dacs.

 

That being said, the es9018 dac chip is very well respected and the nfb-11.32 is pretty much the cheapest way to get a hold of the chip. The implementation of the chip is very well done as well. Plus you'll have leftover money to spend on food or something :D

post #5 of 12

Try SCHITT Lyr and Bifrost combo!!  it will not fail you

 

Good Luck

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice! That option has now moved to #1 on my list considering a separate DAC will probably put me out of budget on the other amps.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Boy that sounds pretty cool! Not sure if I can possibly reach that price range any time soon. May have to sell some belongings haha.

post #8 of 12
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Thanks for the recommendation. I have never looked into DACs. I understand what it does on a technical level. Do amps typically need a DAC to really work? If so, I may need to rethink my budget haha.


Low costing DAC chips are in a lots of stuff (smart phones, computers, mp3 players, etc.)

The idea on Head-fi is to get a good quality DAC.

You can buy a separate DAC and Amp or a combo all in one unit.

I just got the Audio-GD NFB 15.32 DAC/Amp ($255+shipping)

 It's a slightly lower costing version of the11.32 ($339+shipping)

These DAC/Amp combos will easily drive your 300-Ohm Sennheiser headphones.

And will make them sound nice.

post #9 of 12

I guess i'm a huge fan of Schitt audio!! because there quality and price!!!

should go for modi and loki combo?  I think its great price!! and it can drive Senn headphones.

post #10 of 12

Schitt gets a lotta love, and they're good units at good price.  When you envision what you want, Head-Fi's classified ads carry a lot of good stuff, usually good condition and less money.

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Head-Fi's classified ads carry a lot of good stuff, usually good condition and less money.

 

Because of the "upgradeitis" :smile:

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Because of the "upgradeitis" :smile:

Yeah, thank the heavens for that!

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