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Neutral DAC/AMP for Mixing and Mastering

calojer

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Hi, everybody.
I'm just finishing mixing a record and since I don't have a properly treated studio I bought some Sennheiser HD650 headphones with 320 Ohm impedance.
My RME Babyface sound card (first model) does not have a headphone amplifier capable of driving the HD650 and for this reason I am considering buying a DAC/AMP.
What I need is neutral listening that adds nothing to the sound of the mix. A clear, powerful but neutral listening.
I've read so many reviews but I can't figure out what's right for me. I have a budget of $350.
Can you help me, please?

Thanks in advance,
Fabio
 

Racheski

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Do you need Bluetooth?
How will you connect the DAC to an audio source? USB?
Do you need an all in one DAC/Amp or are separate devices for the DAC and Amp OK?
Any other features that are a must have, or you just need a neutral set up to drive the HD650?
What country do you live in?
 

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Do you need Bluetooth?
How will you connect the DAC to an audio source? USB?
Do you need an all in one DAC/Amp or are separate devices for the DAC and Amp OK?
Any other features that are a must have, or you just need a neutral set up to drive the HD650?
What country do you live in?
I don't need bluetooth
I'll connect the DAC to the USB-C of my macbook pro 16" 2020.
I'd like an All in One DAC/AMP.
Just a neutral setup to drive the HD650.
I Live in Italy
 
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Kouioui

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I mix on a budget and to my ears, there's nothing better for $270 than the Topping E30/L30 stack for use with the HD650/6XX. It's going to be difficult to match this performance in an all-in-one at your budget. If you're not already doing so, I suggest looking into adding parametric EQ, such as oratory1990's with your setup. I'm PC based so not familiar with solutions for macbooks.
 

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As mentioned if you are OK with a stack, the E30/L30 stack can’t be beat. For a combo DAC/Amp, I think Topping DX3 Pro ($220) will work great.
 

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It's Awesome but my budget is 350$ not 1500$.
Right, so they newly announced Schiit Modius + Magnius should be close to the budget, just get a balanced cable for the Senns HD650s.
 
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