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Help amping some Senn 598's for under $150

post #1 of 21
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I'm planning to get the Sennheiser HD 598's pretty soon and I would like an amp for the cans, preferably under $150, as said above. I have looked in as many threads as I can, but I can't seem to find many recommendations. Some suggestions I have heard are the FiiO lineup, the Bravo Audio Ocean and the Schiit Magni but I would like as many recommendations as possible.

 

Any suggestions are welcome! 

post #2 of 21

O2.

post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post
 

I'm planning to get the Sennheiser HD 598's pretty soon and I would like an amp for the cans, preferably under $150, as said above. I have looked in as many threads as I can, but I can't seem to find many recommendations. Some suggestions I have heard are the FiiO lineup, the Bravo Audio Ocean and the Schiit Magni but I would like as many recommendations as possible.

 

Any suggestions are welcome! 

What sources will the amp be plugged into?

My $27 FiiO E6 can easily drive the 50-Ohm HD598s,

but I'm assuming you want something a little better then that.

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 

The amp will be plugged into my desktop or laptop usually, though seldom maybe my iPod. It really doesn't matter if the amp is portable or a desktop rig as long as it sounds good. And yes, I am aiming a bit higher than a FiiO E6. :D

post #5 of 21
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The amp will be plugged into my desktop or laptop usually, though seldom maybe my iPod. It really doesn't matter if the amp is portable or a desktop rig as long as it sounds good. And yes, I am aiming a bit higher than a FiiO E6. :D

FiiO E17, can use it's DAC and amp with the desktop and laptop and use it's amp with the iPod.

post #6 of 21

I personally like the Schiit Vali at $120.  I also think the E17 is a good recommendation as its both a good portable amp and a versatile DAC.

post #7 of 21

With the HD598, get a usb dac first. You'll be pleased hearing the improvement over your onboard sound. Fiio E17 it's a good recommendation. 

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

Cool, thanks guys, so my top three amp/DAC's are the FiiO E17, the Bravo Audio Ocean and the O2. Anything else? :popcorn: 


Edited by Garraty - 1/21/14 at 6:14pm
post #9 of 21

I have just started the headphone thing. I went with the O2, it's my first and the sound is amaze. BTW in the last month I've bought 4 pair of cans. I'll purchase more till I find a few that I like. I am selling a pair of Sens HD 598's. Nothing wrong them, just that I like a couple others better.

 

G

post #10 of 21

I can vouch for both the Fiio E12 mont blanc and the Schiit Magni (I've owned both). I might give the edge to the Fiio for its quality and features, but the Magni is a little cheaper and a solid product.

post #11 of 21

Go for E 17

post #12 of 21

These are pretty sensitive cans and don't require much power to amp. It's 50 Ohms and a smartphone/IDevice can drive them well and with a good damping ratio for bass. They sound pretty good with my Galaxy S3 phone. If you don't like the sound you're getting form your phone or laptop, it's probably the DAC that sucks. I would get a FiiO E18 DAC/Amp.

post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hah, cool. Once again, thanks for all the recommendations- however, between the FiiO E17 and the O2, would it be better to get a DAC instead of an amp as the JLABS DAC is apparently very good. Comparatively, which would be a more sizable upgrade and how do they sound with the cans? Any more suggestions are still entirely welcome!

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post
 

Hah, cool. Once again, thanks for all the recommendations- however, between the FiiO E17 and the O2, would it be better to get a DAC instead of an amp as the JLABS DAC is apparently very good. Comparatively, which would be a more sizable upgrade and how do they sound with the cans? Any more suggestions are still entirely welcome!

You can not use the JLABS DAC with the iPod.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post
 

Hah, cool. Once again, thanks for all the recommendations- however, between the FiiO E17 and the O2, would it be better to get a DAC instead of an amp as the JLABS DAC is apparently very good. Comparatively, which would be a more sizable upgrade and how do they sound with the cans? Any more suggestions are still entirely welcome!

Not a DAC alone, you'll need one with an amp. You have something against the FiiO E18 DAC/Amp?

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