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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I just bought a Sennhiser hd598 and if I want to really use them I'm going to need a dac and an amp, so I been looking for the perfect dac/amp that can help me to take advantage of my Sennhisers.

 

Can you guys please help me with this?

 

I want something that I can keep using if I change my headphones. Something that can tolerate a high Impedance. (I'm new at this so please tech me what should I look for). 

 

FYI:  I'm really sorry if I made any kind of mistake English isn't my native language.

         Price range: 200-400 (no more than that please).

 

Thanks everyone!

post #2 of 18
Will you be using this for gaming? Movies? Music? What is the priority?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Will you be using this for gaming? Movies? Music? What is the priority?

First of all, thanks for the replay. The priority will be music, but I also play games sometimes and watch movies.

 

I just realized that I wrote Sennhiser instead of Sennheiser, sorry! 

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by CodeLain View Post
 

I just bought a Sennhiser hd598 and if I want to really use them I'm going to need a dac and an amp, so I been looking for the perfect dac/amp that can help me to take advantage of my Sennhisers.

 

Can you guys please help me with this?

 

I want something that I can keep using if I change my headphones. Something that can tolerate a high Impedance. (I'm new at this so please tech me what should I look for). 

 

FYI:  I'm really sorry if I made any kind of mistake English isn't my native language.

         Price range: 200-400 (no more than that please).

 

Thanks everyone!

I assume you are using a desktop computer since you mentioned a sound card. I would recommend getting the O2+ODAC. Solid sound and reasonable. Or a Schiit stack (Magni+Modi). Both options will make the HD598s sound good. I have the HD598s (I don't listen to them much anymore) but they will work well with the O2 from my experience.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by CodeLain View Post
 

I just bought a Sennhiser hd598 and if I want to really use them I'm going to need a dac and an amp, so I been looking for the perfect dac/amp that can help me to take advantage of my Sennhisers.

Can you guys please help me with this?

I want something that I can keep using if I change my headphones. Something that can tolerate a high Impedance. (I'm new at this so please tech me what should I look for). 

FYI:  I'm really sorry if I made any kind of mistake English isn't my native language.

         Price range: 200-400 (no more than that please).

 

What country are you located in?

 

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z or ZxR.

Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card.

post #6 of 18

I'll be following this thread as well. I'm also looking at an amp/dac, but might also go with a soundcard instead. Mostly because I'd like dolby headphone capability.

But since music is the priority, I'd like to know how the Essence STX would compare to something like the O2+ODAC.

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

I'm really lost right now, should I go for a Sound Card (SB ZxR, Asus STX??) or an AMP + DAC?

 

Thanks everyone!

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Defusion View Post
 

I'll be following this thread as well. I'm also looking at an amp/dac, but might also go with a sound card instead. Mostly because I'd like Dolby headphone capability.

But since music is the priority, I'd like to know how the Essence STX would compare to something like the O2+ODAC.

 

If just (mostly) for music, then the ODAC/O2 would be the better choice, as it's external it would not pick up an electrical noise that might be inside the computer case.

 

Check out the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 and NFB-11.32 external DAC amps, they have S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) input (good for using headphone surround sound)

and the newest revisions come with 32-bit/384K USB input.

The NFB-11.32 and ODAC both use a Sabre DAC chip.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

If just (mostly) for music, then the ODAC/O2 would be the better choice, as it's external it would not pick up an electrical noise that might be inside the computer case.

Check out the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 and NFB-11.32 external DAC amps, they have S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) input (good for using headphone surround sound)
and the newest revisions come with 32-bit/384K USB input.
The NFB-11.32 and ODAC both use a Sabre DAC chip.
http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

+1

Nice extra thing about the Audio-GD units is that you can hook up powered speakers or a speaker amp as well.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys for your recommendations.

 

About the audio GD products, I can't find them on amazon. You might find this funny, but I live in Uruguay (South America, beautiful country,more cows than people), the problem here its that amazon is one of the few stores that ships their products here. To resume I cant buy anything that isn't on amazon.

 

So...I still need recommendations, sorry for being a pain.

 

Thanks all!

post #11 of 18
Everyone buys directly from Audio-GD in China. You should contact them and see if they will ship to you.
post #12 of 18

What about the Fiio E07K and E09K combination?  Both of them combined would be in the lower end of your budget, and the E09K would have enough power to drive the HD598.  An added bonus is that the E07K can also act as a portable DAC/Amp when you are not using your desktop.

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by j-project View Post
 

What about the Fiio E07K and E09K combination?  Both of them combined would be in the lower end of your budget, and the E09K would have enough power to drive the HD598.  An added bonus is that the E07K can also act as a portable DAC/Amp when you are not using your desktop.

 

Do you think they sound good? Instead of the E07K I could get the E17 + E09k, that would be better choice?

In a future I might go for the Sennheiser HD8 DJ, do you think that combo will be able to power those headphones? (and give a good sound quality) 

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by CodeLain View Post
 

 

Do you think they sound good? Instead of the E07K I could get the E17 + E09k, that would be better choice?

In a future I might go for the Sennheiser HD8 DJ, do you think that combo will be able to power those headphones? (and give a good sound quality) 

 

I actually have the E07K and E09K combination for my desktop, and so far I have been very happy with it, in terms of value vs. performance.  I am pretty new with this hi-fi gear, so others may be able to provide you with more perspective and comparisons.

 

The Fiio website rates the E09K as being able to power headphones up to 600 ohms (E07K can power up to 150 ohms if used without the E09K), so you should be okay.

 

I decided on the E07K over E17 primarily because I didn't need an optical line-in, and because the E07K can dock into the E09K, so that the E09K charges the E07K while I am using it, and I don't need to charge the E07K separately.

 

But if you are considering the E17, you should probably take a look at the E18 as well.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by j-project View Post
 

 

I actually have the E07K and E09K combination for my desktop, and so far I have been very happy with it, in terms of value vs. performance.  I am pretty new with this hi-fi gear, so others may be able to provide you with more perspective and comparisons.

 

The Fiio website rates the E09K as being able to power headphones up to 600 ohms (E07K can power up to 150 ohms if used without the E09K), so you should be okay.

 

I decided on the E07K over E17 primarily because I didn't need an optical line-in, and because the E07K can dock into the E09K, so that the E09K charges the E07K while I am using it, and I don't need to charge the E07K separately.

 

But if you are considering the E17, you should probably take a look at the E18 as well.

 

You can hook the E17 into the E09K just like the E07 and the E09 (Im not sure, I read that). So, if you have to chose between the E07 and E17, which one would you go for??

 

Thanks for helping me!

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