I am new in the hifi world, coming from gaming headset and I can instantly feel the difference with the HD58X using the realtek mobo chip. How more does a good DAC/AMP improve much more the quality? Can you recommend me a pair for these headphones with upgrade possibilities for example for something similar to HD6XX? The budget is 200$ but I can do the effort until 300$. I am from the European Union if its possible a brand that can be bought here to avoid customs.
okay cool so for a dac the topping e30 would be a pretty sweet option with optical and I think for an amp id consider the Schiit Magni 3+ if you want a more musical experience or Schiit Magni heresy for a more analytical one… normally id rec the liquid spark for a budget amp but it rolls off high frequencies and I feel like Schiit stuff pairs nicer with sennheiser cans and the 6xx will benefit from the additional power as well if you decide to pick that up in the future
edit: oh my bad were you looking for a combo specifically? I haven’t heard the fiio k5 pro but it has optical and is pretty highly regarded here
That’s really hard to quantify and varies with headphone models as @donjklassen points out. An outboard dac and amp will quiet the background noise and give you an overall cleaner sound. A more powerful headphone amp will also give the sound a more dynamic, punchy, and effortless character. The 58X is made to not be amp picky. So it will sound good on the integrated audio, but still improve to some degree with dedicated dacs and amps.
Being in the EU also makes things more difficult for the entry level, unfortunately. The Topping E30 is a slam-dunk choice on DAC. You may have to eat the import cost on a Schiit amp - either of the new Magni amps (3+ or Heresy) - or even go further and look at an Asgard 3. Unfortunately you EU folks seem to be at a real disadvantage for amps under about $500USD . The Liquid Spark is certainly not a bad option, but @donjklassen is right again to point out that it does roll off the treble just slightly, which can make it a bad match for some Sennheiser headphones like the HD650/6XX for some listeners.
It’s really odd. My understanding is 2 channel hi-fi is more popular in the EU than the US. Also unclear why it needs to be more expensive to ship to Canada from the US seeing as how they share a continent and all…
Can you get the Liquid Spark? Again, a potentially non-ideal pairing with 6XX, probably fine for 58X. If it ever sounds like you need more treble you can try some EQ. For most other headphones, it will be fine. I like my Liquid Spark with most headphones quite a bit.