Good DAC and amp for HD598/598CS
I haven't used my HD598 headphones for years and just tried them back yesterday on my PC using my Xonar DX soundcard like I used to, at first I got no sound and had to jiggle the cable a bit for them to finally work (never had to do that before). Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me, but they don't really sound the same as they did before, especially when listening to someone speak, it sounds kinda metallic and not as clear as i remember, and I had my Corsair speakers die on me using that same soundcard a few years ago (implosion-like sound in the subwoofer when turning them on then poof no sound) so I don't completely trust my Xonar DX anymore and thought it's maybe time to invest in a DAC and amp combo.
Problem is I'm a total noob when it comes to sound and I'm not sure what to look for when choosing this type of device, I'll be using the HD598 on it and a pair of close-back HD598Cs (I don't like closed-back but need silence for late night listening), can you even use those DAC and amp combo with regular PC speakers because of the amp part ? If not can I use the Xonar DX for my speakers and switch to the DAC for headphones in windows without any conflict ? What gain settings would you recommend for the HD598 and HD598Cs ?
My budget would be around 100 to 150 euros/dollars, thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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