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Head-Fi,

 

        Recently I purchased a pair of Senn RS180 for my Desktop PC.

Would an amp be recommended to power this pair? (I am currently using the on-board sound card of a mid-range, $130, motherboard).

The range in pricing is around $100 and I am looking at the Schiit Magni or the Fiio E10, as the Fiio has a DAC.

 

Is there any models that I should also look into? and at point is a DAC required?

 

Not sure if you need my music selection but it ranges to most genres  (Dubstep, Classical Piano, Rock Ballads).

 

thanks and the support is appreciated,

 

TyWelcome


Edited by tywelcome - 1/18/14 at 8:44pm
post #2 of 7

another great amp in the price range is the O2 amp. i dont know how it pairs with the RS 180 though but its definitely something i would look into.

post #3 of 7
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Head-Fi,

 

        Recently I purchased a pair of Senn RS180 for my Desktop PC.

Would an amp be recommended to power this pair?

 

Isn't that a wireless headphone? Then that means it has an amp already. There's no way to hook up the amp to it unless you take it apart, drill a hole into the chassis if it doesn't have any, run cables out, and then hook that up to an amp.

 

PC->wireless transmitter->wireless receiver in headphone+built-in headphone amp

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They are wireless.  Thanks for the clarification on the built-in amp.

What would adding a DAC do for them? anything?

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They are wireless.  Thanks for the clarification on the built-in amp.

What would adding a DAC do for them? anything?

 

You can try with modi http://schiit.com/products/modi

post #6 of 7
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They are wireless.  Thanks for the clarification on the built-in amp.

What would adding a DAC do for them? anything?

 

If the current DAC (any player has one, including your motherboard for example) isn't reproducing a linear response, or doesn't because of some severe impedance and output voltage mismatch (like when using a weak headphone out to feed an amp or wireless sender input), then a better DAC would fix a lot of the problems.

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Originally Posted by tywelcome View Post
 

Recently I purchased a pair of Senn RS180 for my Desktop PC.

Would an amp be recommended to power this pair? (I am currently using the on-board sound card of a mid-range, $130, motherboard).

The range in pricing is around $100 and I am looking at the Schiit Magni or the Fiio E10, as the Fiio has a DAC.

Is there any models that I should also look into? and at point is a DAC required?

Not sure if you need my music selection but it ranges to most genres  (Dubstep, Classical Piano, Rock Ballads).

From my best understanding, the RS180 transmits a digital wireless signal.

The RS180 base takes in an analog audio signal, then I would assume uses an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) for the signal, transmits the digital signal to the RS180 headphones, where a DAC in the headphone then converts the signal back to analog.

So adding a headphone amplifier into this setup would not seem to help at all.

Maybe getting an

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card,

or Schiit modi USB DAC

or Hifimediy Sabre U2 USB DAC.

One of these might be the best choice for possible audio quality improvement.

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