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So i dropped about $300 on my card and heaphones and i'm very pleased with it so far. I've heard that adding a desktop amp can make it even better. Right now I'm looking for the best value in an amp so I'd say my budget is up to $100.

Here's what im looking for:
I'd like the convenience of having both my speakers and headphones plugged in at the same time so i dont have to swap them in the back of the computer.
I like the bass im getting from my setup, but i'd like a bit more clarity and less distortion.
I've heard some amps can improve the soundstage of audio setups so I'm definitely looking for something like that.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 58
Nope.

Amp won't help you. Get better headphones.
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post #3 of 58
You can get a little bit less distortion with a better amp, but it won't be much (probably not worth the price anyhow).

Look for some kind of switch box or extension cables to alleviate the plugging issue.
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Nope.
Amp won't help you. Get better headphones.

Winner winner chicken dinner. Better cans is the solution to your problem.

Good budget desktop amp is a Fiio E9. It's solid state. If you want a decent tube amp you best triple your budget.
    
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post #5 of 58
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Woh Woh Wohhhhh.

Im happy enough with my 598's to not consider getting new ones just yet. I'll look into a switch.

Thanks all
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post #6 of 58
Yeah, don't bother with an amp with those cans.
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post #7 of 58
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Nope.
Amp won't help you. Get better headphones.

Sometimes I wonder if people just go over the top of things for the sake of it. The HD598s are in my very honest opinion the borderline above which the changes on sound quality are slight and only noticeable under the trained ear.

I own the HD555s mostly because my wallet doesn't justify dropping $300 on some headphones, and have tested the HD595s (which were the ones upon the HD598s are based). I noticed a bit more of bass resolution (it distorts less the rest of the stage) and more mid range punch compared to the 555s, but if I had to use them daily to listen to music while doing my daily stuff I would probably not notice anything.

That being said, unless you do work professionally with music equipment to do, say music recording at a studio, I seriously doubt you'll notice any difference between the HD598 and some higher range headphones.


That being said, no amp will give you more 'low end' punch on your headphones. My reccomendation is to fiddle with the built-in equalizer (as dirty as it might seem, it actually works surprisingly well).

But if you like 'punchy bass' setups, you probably shouldn't have gotten Senheiser HD5xx series headphones. They are known for their neutrality and balanced sound stage, and their relative lack of bass boominess. That, or you might want to enable bass boost on the X-Fi Control Panel. I tried it out on my old X-Fi Titanium, and did its job pretty properly. Not something too amazing though.


Edit: By the way, how long have you had your headphones? Remember that after they'll sound better after you've passed around 100h of burn in process.
   
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post #8 of 58
I'm pretty interested in the O2 headphone amp. The FiiO e9 is pretty attractive considering its price. Here is a review that of the e9 that kind of has me concerned with how it would pair with the HD598 due to its somewhat high output impedance.
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Nope.
Amp won't help you. Get better headphones.

Have you heard the HD598 on a titanium HD? It doesn't get all that loud. Also you might want to check a frequency response graph on headroom with the HD598 vs the Q701 which is known to require an amp. What do you suggest for "better headphones"? I'm not sure that there is a better set of open cans in the price range.

Does the HD598 require an amp? No, but to say that it doesn't help I don't believe that.

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post #9 of 58
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Edit: By the way, how long have you had your headphones? Remember that after they'll sound better after you've passed around 100h of burn in process.

I've had them a month and a half maybe. I fiddle with the eq almost every time i put them on to listen to music because i like a few different genres.

I'd say im just about at that 100hr mark so maybe i'll notice the difference soon
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post #10 of 58
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Nope.
Amp won't help you. Get better headphones.

That's ridiculous, an amp most certainly will help.


I have the fiio e9 and love it. Very nice headphone amp for the price.
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