For the longest time i’ve been longing to expand my audio setup but have previously been very restricted by my student budget, thankfully that is/has come to an end and i’m now free to work on my setup.I have a pair of Sennheiser 598SE’s that i’ve been using for a while now and I’ve been happy with them so far, but been considering an upgrade to something along the lines of 650’s.
Anyway on to the point, I’ve been browsing for information regarding an amp/dac setup, either stack or aio, and also what I could need for my cans. Sadly I’m not very knowledgeable regarding these things, I am by no means an audio dummy - i get the gist of what is going on. However, when i am presented with the absolute jungle that is mixmatching amps, dacs, speakers and cans I have to admit i am baffled.
My main daily use is listening to a few flac albums and mostly spotify premium on max quality from my PC. I have no other equipment currently other than my cans and a pair of Argon Alto 4 speakers by the TV. In the future I’ve planned on upgrading both my speaker setup and cans but that’s for another day.
What would be a good amp/dac setup for my uses with a pair of 598SE’s? Do you reckon i even need one? I’ve looked at everything from the Schiit stack, jdb elements, jdb el stack, tinier portable solutions like the M2 and firefly plus cheap aio’s like the E10K. Just not sure what’s a good fit for 598se’s, and if it is even needed.
Budget is around 400-500eu for dac+amp if thats considered necessary.
Any help would be much appreciated, im completely lost!
If there’s a solution that also some-what futureproofs for a 2 speaker set up that would be optimal, but not needed!