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Fiio X3 and Sennheiser HD-800

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Has anyone tried to use a Sennheiser HD-800 with an X3?  I already have the X3, a friend is offering me a great deal on the HD-800s.  I'm guessing it wouldn't work very well...  I pretty much only use headphones at work and I can't leave anything on the desk when I leave because it is shared with other shifts.  What would be an effective portable DAC / Amp to use with HD-800s? 

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The stock Fiio X3 has a rather powerful amp. for a portable player. So it should be OK with the 300 ohm headphones but you won't be hearing the exquisite sound possible with these headphones. The HD800 is not really a portable headphone. Not really recommended for use in a working environment. People pair this headphone with their hi-fi or a laptop into a Dacmagic and desktop amplifier, a CD player and amplifier or something like a QLS QA660/860. To see the beauty of these the signal in needs to be very high grade which discounts many but not all portables.
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I'm using the X3 with these headphones right now, at work.  The biggest issue seems to be that a co-worker across the room can hear the music clearly and thinks I must be deaf to be listening so loud.  Fortunately I work graveyard so there aren't many to disturb. 

With Gain set to High, I have the volume turned up to 25 out of 60.  So yes, the X3 has more than enough power to drive the headphones and they sound pretty darn good.  They sound like headphones with the X3 though and with a good amp they sound better than headphones.  The sound stage blooms to something that exists outside of your head with a good amp.  But yeah, they also sound better than any other headphone I've had on the X3, hands down.  So one of these days I need a better portable amp, but for now the X3 will do.

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Presumably the X3s warm sound signature is faithfully reproduced with great accuracy. There is a modification that makes the player more neutral sounding but you would then lose the capability to drive these high resistance headphones. Perhaps semi-open headphones like Beyerdynamics might suit a work environment better, like a relatively cheap pair of 250ohm DT880s and then you could save your HD800s for leisure listening.
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