So I hope I can find the right kind of guidance to help me out with my HD 600's. I recently purchased them and I'm kind of confused as to if Im doing something wrong. Firstly, I bought the HD600 without an amp and I connected it to my focusrite scarlett 2i2 audio interface. Its USB powered and I didn't think that it would be enough to power my HD 600. On the audio interface the 600's seem to have a very prominent bass with very clear trebles and highs. I could hear the drums and claps very vividly and it seemed as if the snares stood out in front. It really brought stuff out in my music that I had never heard. I also didn't notice any veil to the high frequencies. The sound stage sounded absolutely massive. I was pretty impressed clear out of the box with the HD600 and I thought that buying an amp would only make it better. Fast forward 2 weeks later after getting used to the sound signature of these snappy HD600's and I recieve my Magni from schiit audio. I connected the output from the headphone jacks to the RCA into the Magni amp. I plug in the HD600 and all of a sudden I notice that the sound stage is much smaller, the music seems more cohesive but quite laid back. It doesn't sound bad per say but on an A/B comparison I was doing, I really preferred the ampless HD600 coming straight from the audio interface. I read here that the magni is actually a pretty decent pair for the HD600. I also have seen that the HD600 are not that hard to drive. To make it worse, after plugging in the M50 from audio technica's in I realized that the HD600 arent that far off. Keep in mind this is with the amp. Im just curious as to why the HD600 dont seem to hold up to the rave that some people are giving them here on the forum. Am I doing something incorrectly. I honestly love the way the HD600 look and feel. I love the way they sound plugged into the audio interface, now why is it when plugged into the amp I feel as if there is a drop in performance? When I have them plugged into the audio interface the music is snappy, the transients are heard loud and clear and everything sound great. I know the amp works fantastic, when plugged into the M50 they really bring out about 95% of the same performance level as the HD600 when plugged into the same Magni. Whats going on? Anyone have any suggestions.
I may do some more A/B between my headphones. How would anyone who has the HD600 describe the sound signature from their pair? The difference between the amp/without is night and day. I seem to need to crank up the volume with the amp up and I just cant get them to sound 'right'