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Offline 2much2young2fast

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Sennheiser 595 Amp
« on: June 30, 2011, 10:44:25 AM »
I have the Sennheiser 595's and I'm currently playing it through my Creative Xfi Platinum.
It reaches any volume with ease, but I can't help but thinking they can sound better.

Can you guys recommend a solution, should I buy the Asus Xonar Essence, an external DAC, or just an amp.
I'm not looking to spend more than R2000
 

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Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011, 11:37:13 AM »
The Asus Xonar delivers top quality sound at an affordable price. I bought mine online from The Prophecy Shop

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Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2011, 11:48:24 AM »
There are some Aurelias around that will probably fit under your budget, in a really good looking case floating on the classifieds, they were developed on HD595's if I'm not mistaken - I haven't heard it, but the reviews from all who ordered were very very good... including some very experienced headphone users.
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,5864.0.html

If you can drill and connect wires and put it in a case, Ludo has a very capable option for an amp that will set you back less than that, depending on what you do for the case. Ludo has basically built something that I couldn't destroy during construction, i don't think it can ever be entirely indestructible... but you'd have to be a bigger eedjit than me... It takes my shure SRH 840's (closed) from being fatiqueing after 2 hrs or so on a good audio interface (Focusrite) to unfatigueing and completely out of my head sound. So if you can get the chance to listen to it... do yourself a favour...

BTW I am a hp noob, so take what I say with a pinch of salt

The kit
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,5869.0.html
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,8902.0.html
My experience with the shures and amp...
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,8154.15.html
OK! I've had it! I don't give anymore Kharma. Kharma should work in mysterious ways...

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Re: Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 02:12:34 PM »
I ordered a cMoy headphone amp from JDS Labs for $59 + $5 shipping.. Arrived in less than 2 weeks and sounds incredible and will fulfil your volume requirements.. Dont know if it would fulfil your desktop ambitions as it is more geared to portable use? But having previously owned the HD595 I'd say that this would be a fantastic combination.. It is miles beter than the Fiio E5 and nibbles on my Lehmann Audio BCL for audio quality.

The amp in the Xonar card is not bad, but I didn't like it with the HD595 as it sounded too laidback and a touch harsh for my liking..

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Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 12:36:47 PM »
Does the JDS Labs cmoy have a warm sound? It looks cool, maybe I'll get that for my Grado's.
Tangmonster hooked me up with a desktop amp, more than satisfied.

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Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 10:27:29 AM »
Yep, it definitely has a warm and smooth sound through the frequency spectrum! If you like an even warmer sound you can swap out the OPA2227 opamp for a OPA2134 opamp which is a bit warmer sounding. You could also order the AD8620ARZ with browndog adapter from JDS Labs from what I can deduct is also warmer sounding. It is quite easy to swap opamps out on this unit and was fun experimenting with different types of sound. The OPA2227 has nice impact which I actually quite like with my Grado's. Make those kick drums even sound better than they already do! As you can deduct I quite like the CMoy quite a lot with my Grado RS1is and they drive those quite easily.. Just watch out with the volume! ;)

Check out these reviews at Headfonia. I quite like Mike who is the owner of that site as he is never shy to speak his mind about equipment and it is easy place his opinion of product based on his preferences (he likes warm sounding gear!).

http://www.headfonia.com/60-pack-of-awesome-jdslabs-cmoy/
http://www.headfonia.com/music-on-a-budget-sub-100-portable-amps-shootout/

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Re: Sennheiser 595 Amp
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2011, 07:43:01 PM »
I'll try and get one, just need to find a person with a credit card (i don't want my father to know of my spending habits)