GRADO sr325e + integrated amp: DAC or not?
Nov 10, 2020 at 4:57 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

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Hello, I'm finally the owner of a pair of GRADO sr325e, which I use to drive with my PC, connected to an old Harman/Kardon HK6300. I'm generally happy with the sound, but I'm wondering whether I should buy an external DAC (like a Schiit Modi or iFi ZEN) to gain more detail. I'm not quite sure using an old integrated amp is a good idea, but at the moment I don't want to spend 100 extra bucks for more power. Any suggestion?
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Nov 10, 2020 at 10:26 AM Post #2 of 5
A Schiit Fulla 3 DAC/amp ($100) would be better for driving the 32-Ohm Grado SR325e headphones.
The H/K HK6300 headphone jack might be giving the SR325e a bloated bass.
The Fulla 3 should also offer a better DAC function, then the PC.
 
Nov 11, 2020 at 7:49 AM Post #3 of 5
Hello, I'm finally the owner of a pair of GRADO sr325e, which I use to drive with my PC, connected to an old Harman/Kardon HK6300. I'm generally happy with the sound, but I'm wondering whether I should buy an external DAC (like a Schiit Modi or iFi ZEN) to gain more detail. I'm not quite sure using an old integrated amp is a good idea, but at the moment I don't want to spend 100 extra bucks for more power. Any suggestion?

Although I don't know how good that HK6300's headphone out is, your PC's sound card might be the weakest link. If you don't own a standalone DAC or DAC/amp combo, I't take a look into that. The first such purchase doesn't have to be expensive, but something tells me it would elevate your Grado's performance noticeably enough to appreciate benefits and justify expense :)
 
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Nov 11, 2020 at 10:11 AM Post #4 of 5
Although I don't know how good that HK6300's headphone out is, your PC's sound card might be the weakest link. If you don't own a standalone DAC or DAC/amp combo, I't take a look into that. The first such purchase doesn't have to be expensive, but something tells me it would elevate your Grado's performance noticeably enough to appreciate benefits and justify expense :)
What do you mean for "not expensive"? I have in my Amazon cart both the iFi Zen (170$) and the ridicolous cheaper Fiio K1 (45$). Which price range do you sufggest? I tried the Fiio x3, but somehow I was unable to connect it to my HK amp via the line out (no sound at all, possible reasons?) so I've only tried it as a standalone amp/dac. The result was a colder sound, more detailed but weaker in basses and too much trebles for my Grados. So I decided to give it back and keep going with the motherboard dac + HK amp, with less detail but a warmer sound. Anyway I'd like to have that detail back.
 
Nov 11, 2020 at 10:22 AM Post #5 of 5
What do you mean for "not expensive"? I have in my Amazon cart both the iFi Zen (170$)

About $150ish range is what I had on mind. Form our offer it would be either ZEN or hip-dac. Since you have the former in your cart, I wish you good luck with it :)
 
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