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Ordered a pair of Sennheiser HD 518's, and considering an amp/DAC. Recommend me a DAC? And what should I expect from the 518's? New to cans here (former IEM junkie)

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Well, the title says it. I've finally converted over from IEMs to full on cans. I've dabbled with them over the years (Grado SR-60i's, Beyerdynamics DT 440's, etc., almost all of which were treated with disdain in favor of my beloved ie80's, and later ie800's) and always either sold them, or traded them away for another piece of kit (Still trying to convince myself to spring for a C4), anyways, what is your guys' advice on the subject(s)? What should I expect from the 518's?

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I have my own private theory on Sennheiser 5xx headphones. They all have a big hump in the impedance curve centered at 100 Hz - and it's not a small hump - it takes the 50 Ohm spec for the HD518 all the way up to over 200 Ohms. I suspect this is why some folks say the want more bass - it's possible their amp simply runs out of steam trying to power through that hump. I actually have no idea if that theory actually makes sense - and I would love an audio engineer to tell me if it does - but it sounds good...

So - if your HD518 bass "wakes up" when you give it some power, I'm going to nod my head sagely... tongue.gif

The often discussed "Sennheiser Veil" on the top end doesn't really bother me much - probably because I have my own "personal veil" at the top of my hearing range.
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I have my own private theory on Sennheiser 5xx headphones. They all have a big hump in the impedance curve centered at 100 Hz - and it's not a small hump - it takes the 50 Ohm spec for the HD518 all the way up to over 200 Ohms. I suspect this is why some folks say the want more bass - it's possible their amp simply runs out of steam trying to power through that hump. I actually have no idea if that theory actually makes sense - and I would love an audio engineer to tell me if it does - but it sounds good...

So - if your HD518 bass "wakes up" when you give it some power, I'm going to nod my head sagely... tongue.gif

The often discussed "Sennheiser Veil" on the top end doesn't really bother me much - probably because I have my own "personal veil" at the top of my hearing range.

 

 

So what Sennheiser line would be best for punchy bass? I listen to a lot of underground hiphop (Minnesota scene), and indie music.

 

I don't expect something as good as the ie800's, but I don't want Apple ear bud level (non-existent) bass either.

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Don't misunderstand me - I'm not saying the Sennheiser HD518 are low in bass - I'm just suggesting that *if* you think the bass is less than you hoped for, then you might try giving them a bit more power from an amp.
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Don't misunderstand me - I'm not saying the Sennheiser HD518 are low in bass - I'm just suggesting that *if* you think the bass is less than you hoped for, then you might try giving them a bit more power from an amp.

Oh, alright. 

 

I was thinking about going for a Pyle Home PHE7AB USB DAC just to curb any issue ahead of time.

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