amp or amp/dac needed for hd600 | $200-250 budget
Jun 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5


100+ Head-Fier
Jan 31, 2008
it's pretty likely that i'm going to buy the sennheiser hd600 soon as tomorrow is my birthday (no happy birthdays necessary hehe)
i currently have a $200 budget for an amp solution in which my main source currently is my pc with mainly good quality files.
listening to a wide variety of music but mainly alot of 90s stuff, female vocals, indie, etc.
since the source is a pc i was leaning toward an amp/dac combination but i'm not sure if it's smarter to go with a separate amp and dac... which would mean getting an amp now and then a separate dac later.
some of the choices i was looking at were:
are any of these a solid choice for the hd600 or should i look at something else? i was trying to avoid tubes as i just want something simple you can plug in and forget and i read that they require hands on maintenance or whatever.
i did include 1 tube in the list because it was a combo and seemed different then a normal tube but i'm not sure if it really is.
thanks for any help!!!!
matrix cube $255
  The award winning top shelf 24 bit/ 192 kHz D/A converting unit - Wolfson WM8740
·         High-end digital sampling rate increase processing chip - TI SRC4382
·         ASRC (Asynchronous Sample Rate Converter) - the technique of separating the internal and external clock and re-sampling, which effectively reduces the timing jitter generated by the former sources and transmission lines
·         A professional digital receiver chip of ultra-low jitter and a high-precision clock independent system
·         USB, optical, coaxial digital inputs and a coaxial output that supports multiple channel pass-through
·         Up to 24 bit/192 kHz digital signal input via s/pdif input channels
·         Digital signals can be up-sampled to 174.6 KHz /192KHz and put out through digital channel
·         The internal headphone amp unit can easily drive any headphones of 300 ohms and below
·         Headphone amplifier can work independently when it is connected to external signal source
·         Professional stereo OP-Amp, OPA2134/LM833, are used to provide you with the best signal playback effect
·         Multi-stage stabilized voltage supply unit
yulong u100 $225 (on ebay)
●  USB input: USB2.0/24Bit/96KHz.
●  Line input (3.5mm).
●  Line output (RCA).
●  Headphone amplifier output (6.35mm).
●  Power Supply: 6-20V DC.
●  Internal high-quality switching power supply.
●  Cirrus logic CS4398: -107dB THD+N.
●  Compact size aluminum alloy housing (160*110*30mm).
●  Upgradable firmware for USB.
●  Global  AC Power Supply (90-250V).
maverick audio tubemagic d1 plus $209
The TubeMagic D1 Plus comes with a vacuum tube pre-amp output stage in addition to the normal solid-state audio output. Powered by a vintage vacuum tube made in 1970’s, it adds a lot of warmth and smoothness to the music, especially to Vocal and Jazz genres. Furthermore, you can use this DAC as a full functional tube preamp, adding the “tube magic” to the two analog and three digital inputs.
Bit-perfect USB interface
The TubeMagic D1 Plus features the famous Tenor 7022L pro-audio USB interface chip. It will handle up to 24bit/96Khz audio transferred from your computer to the DAC bit by bit without any distortion or resampling.
A damn good Headphone Amplifier!
With up to 600 ohm impedance and 1000mW power output, this DAC has enough power to drive any headphone on the planet.
audio-gd nfb 15.32 $235
Discrete  DAC+ Headphone amplifier / Preamplifier
32bit / 384K Asynchronous Transfer  USB-32 Chip
Built in 2 Pieces Hi-end grade WM8741 Chips
[size=x-small]Fully  discrete analog stages without any OPA and couple caps in the signal channels.
Non- feedback ACSS analog output stage .

Total of 6 groups dedicated power circuits  are used to purify the power supply.
Applies a custom order ALPS 27 volume pot for reducing channel imbalance and improving on sound quality.
3 channels digital input :
  coaxial /  Optical / USB
DAC output :   RCA  (User can setting with either variable level as  DAC with preamp combo or fixed output level as dedicated DAC )
Headphone output : 6.3MM SE
USB Audio Class 2 High-speed Input from Windows / MAC / Linux  ( We can not guarantee it can working with every Linux device )
Supports High / full speed Asynchronous Transfer Mode up to 384K / 32Bit ability .
Resolutions support 16 / 24 / 32 Bit with sampling rate support 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz (USB  )
Supports up to 24Bit/192KHz (coaxial  )
Supports 2X , 4X and 8X oversampling customers setting
High-End grade parts built in , ALPS 27 volume pot , Toshiba optical receiver and transistors , gold plate pure copper RCA sockets ect.
Jun 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM Post #2 of 5


Headphoneus Supremus
Nov 29, 2010
i m biased towards audiogd 

Jun 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM Post #4 of 5


100+ Head-Fier
Jan 31, 2008
anyone? i need expert advice please.
is it ok to go with one of those dac/amp combos (or another) or is it smarter to go with separate amp and dac? for the hd600.
what is the key features i should look for? i tried to read up on amps but i can't seem to grasp exactly what i'm looking for in an amp/dac was hoping an expert could guide me in what the smart move will be.
if noone responds i suppose i'll just go with the audio-gd, although.. i'm not a huge fan of supporting china products but if it's the best/smartest move i guess i'll have to.
Jun 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM Post #5 of 5


100+ Head-Fier
Jan 31, 2008
nevermind, i think i made my decision to up my budget and go with the meridian explorer.
handmade in the uk, and fits my style perfectly.
(hopefully it works out).

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