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D2ks are always in the for sale section. Look harder.
Because they're typically pretty expensive for what you're getting. The Klipsch are 99 dollar 2.1's The SP2500s are 180..and at best 160....and they normally go for 250? Yeah, typically not worth the purchase.
And you comment on the answers I give occasionally. rolleyes.gif

Actually Simca, ever since Denon announced the end of line of the D2/5/7ks - A HUGE drop in the amount of those on sale went. I guess people are valuing them a lot more now, as they are discontinued, yet still kick some serious audio-ass

But they're still very much on sale in the for sale section.
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Added the Schiit Magni and Modi DAC and Amp to the list. Removed the Fiio E9. Removed all mention of the portable Amp section.

Removed a few comments I didn't agree with.
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Added the Schiit Magni and Modi DAC and Amp to the list. Removed the Fiio E9. Removed all mention of the portable Amp section.

Removed a few comments I didn't agree with.

All Praise the Magic Simca :3
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post #1864 of 5030
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Added the Schiit Magni and Modi DAC and Amp to the list. Removed the Fiio E9. Removed all mention of the portable Amp section.

Removed a few comments I didn't agree with.


The part about the JDSLabs O2 has some broken script.

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post #1865 of 5030
@ Simca and others:
I have been doing a lot of reading and searching lately about DACs and amps and have gotten increasingly confused.
I'm looking for something that will properly support my Sennheiser HD598.

Currently I'm doubting between an Asus Xonar STX and ODAC / O2 amp combo (seperate cases though). The STX for the ease of the all in one package, the ODAC/O2 combo for the quality and value/performance (and the fact I could use the ODAC with my laptop and plug it into a receiver).

I know these are probably too high-end for the HD598 but I can't seem to find anything in the lower price brackets that convinces me (little to no coloration / distortion). I know the HD 598 doesn't really need an amp but the ODAC only has a line-out with high impedance and I've read I would be significantly gimping my sound quality if I plug them in there. So I'm kind of forced to buy the O2 as well (even though I don't like the layout). If there would be a good übercheap amp out there since I don't really need the amping of the O2 then I'd love to know as well.

I know there's room for improvement with the HD 598 because I plugged them into my father's receiver and my brother's DG and I could definitely hear differences (I know about expectation bias and it wasn't an A/B comparison but the difference was pretty obvious compared to my onboard sound)
I'd love to hear your (and others too of course) thoughts on this and/or perhaps other suggestions (do keep in mind I'm from Belgium so availability is a huge issue (as well as importing, 21% VAT + customs + 21% VAT on the customs)).


PS:
Essence STX would run me about +/-€165 ( $ 213.68 ) excl. shipping
ODAC/ O2 would be € 186 (incl. shipping) ($ 248.12) if I put the O2 together myself (otherwise it's too expensive)
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post #1866 of 5030
Unless you're thinking to the future with other headphones, I would say just a Xonar DG / DGX, as appropriate and to save money.

If it's not a newer receiver, maybe it just has the headphone output tapped through the speaker amp with a resistor in-between (read: very high output impedance). i.e. very significantly colored sound for those headphones because of the impedance interaction with the ~100 Hz or wherever it is resonant bass / impedance hump

Even if most sources have small issues here and there, they're usually not that significant compared to whatever issues the mechanical / acoustic parts of the system have. Just my opinion, but I'd usually shoot under for the electronics, realistically. (except for headphones that need something in particular)
post #1867 of 5030
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Added the Schiit Magni and Modi DAC and Amp to the list. Removed the Fiio E9. Removed all mention of the portable Amp section.

Removed a few comments I didn't agree with.

Simca :3 Oh Wise one !

Beyer Dynamic DT 990 I have a chance to pick up a pair of these for 120 total , theyre used and in good condition , should i go for it :3 ?
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post #1868 of 5030
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post

Added the Schiit Magni and Modi DAC and Amp to the list. Removed the Fiio E9. Removed all mention of the portable Amp section.

Removed a few comments I didn't agree with.

any reasons for this? The Fiio E9 (now E9K) is measured perfectly well and combine it with the fact I don't trust Schiit at all after that incident with their Asgard amps.
For sources, you really can't judge them subjectively as they are not supposed to have any 'sound signature'.

Personally, no measurements nor strong trusted opinions from objective-minded sources = no add to the list.
post #1869 of 5030
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Simca :3 Oh Wise one !

Beyer Dynamic DT 990 I have a chance to pick up a pair of these for 120 total , theyre used and in good condition , should i go for it :3 ?

If its in good condition, yes, go for it!

If the earpads look a bit worn, do replace them (with the default ones). Earpads do affect the sound greatly with headphones.
post #1870 of 5030
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If its in good condition, yes, go for it!

If the earpads look a bit worn, do replace them (with the default ones). Earpads do affect the sound greatly with headphones.

All Praise the Magic Kiwi ~(^3^)~ magickiwi.jpg
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