1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

    Dismiss Notice

Entry level dac for sennheiser hd 598?

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by invrlose, Jul 20, 2013.
  1. invrlose
    I got a pair of sennheiser hd 598 for a grad/birthday gift combined. What is an entry dac I can buy that matches the hd 598 sound signature? I am looking to buy an amp as well. I live in Canada otherwise I would order a modi/magni combo. I am looking to spend $200 on the two of them.
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Might help to know what source(s) the DAC (or DAC/amp) are going to be plugged into?
  3. invrlose

    I have mostly 320kb/s mp3 and flacs. I listen to all genres from classical to death core to trance.
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
    An Asus Xonar DG internal sound card is only around $30 and is fairly decent at driving 50-Ohm Sennheiser HD5XX series headphones (I own the HD558s).
    The Fiio E10 is an external USB/DAC/Amp ($65 USA), but I do not believe it offers audio quality any better then the Xonar DG.
    Sound Blaster Z internal sound card , ($80 USA),  better DAC and head amp, then the Xonar DG (and guessing better then the E10).
    Fiio E17, external USB, optical, coaxial, DAC, head amp, ($110-$140 USA).
    Can use the E17 with lots of different source(s) for driving the HD598s
    Audioengine D1 external USB/optical, DAC, head amp. ($175 USA)
    Runs off AC and can connect to USB and S/PDIF optical ports
  5. invrlose
    Sorry I guess I should have stated I'm only interested in buying a discrete dac and a discrete amp. Not a combo or sound card. My computer board doesn't have any slots for another card. I'm running triple gtx 680 lol.
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
    I'm assuming your into FPS gaming (3 graphics cards).
    If you want to be able to use the motherboard's on-board audio for Headphone Surround Sound, you would need to use a S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) connection between the motherboard and external DAC.
    (USB will bypass on-board audio).
    Off hand my brain is too tired to think anymore, back in 8 hours.
  7. invrlose
    The headphones are purely for music purposes I don't have intention on using then for gaming lol

    I plan on going PC>USB Port>DAC>Amp>headphones>my ears>audial nerve>synapses in my brain to recognize sound

    Sorry I've had a few lol.
  8. invrlose
    Anyone else?
  9. invrlose
  10. PurpleAngel Contributor
    DAC Destroyer USB DAC, might be able to get one off eBay for around $55, ships from Canada.
    Ebay seller hotaudio40
    PAV2V (Personal Amp. 2 Version 2) headphone amplifier, sells on eBay,
    bids only, might get it for around $65
    Ebay seller grans-ar
  11. JohnnyXO
    Hello Purple, and invrlose. So you're suggesting ( for a laptop ) a fiio E17 ? I want the same setup basically but for a laptop. Integrated soundcard...
  12. PurpleAngel Contributor
    If the laptop comes with a S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) output (to connect to the E17), then you get to use full audio features
  13. teb1013

    May I ask why you aren't interested in a combo? I listen to a wide range of music and find the Aune T1 hybrid dac/amp to be an excellent choice for driving the 598s little brother 558 (same driver). The Aune is a small package in your price range (tube rolling can boost the cost but it sounds good with the standard tube). If you are set on discrete dac and amp the Schiit Magni and Modi are $99 each and may be worth reading up on.
  14. invrlose
    I live in Canada, how do I go about purchasing a magni/modi?

Share This Page