🔶 Sennheiser HD58x Jubilee

Definitely ifi zen dac in my opinion if you want warmer… also has the bass button. zen CAN the later upgrade can be bought later and stacked with the zen dac(which actually completes this stack combo as the zen can is the stronger amp and zen dac is rather good as the dac of the combo). The drop version of the zen can had a 6xx button even… they are quite good for those neutral headphones you want a bit more warmth for. as mentioned above me from sun_dyes the k5 pro is another option.

Be sure to keep an eye on used markets for your audio equipment, I say this alot but it can save you a lot in the long run… you can find absolute mint or even sometimes brand new equipment for much less than full price. Zen dac is usually $120 brand new and k5 pro is $150. The zen dac and can also have a balanced port… so you can grab some balanced cables on the 58x jubilee and run it balanced if you want… gives it a bit of a better sound of the zen’s nothing major but definitely more power

So my Sennheiser HD58X still on the way to my home, I’m thinking the zen dac a little bit pricier considering that hd58x doesn’t scale as much as the 6xx with better amp, do you think the fiio e10k is enough to power my hd58x?

Should be alright. 58x definitely isn’t very demanding

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But I wouldn’t mind to spend more if its have a huge difference between e10k and zen dac? Do you think I found that difference in hd58x? Otherwise I save the money buy e10k and buy a bookshelf speakers instead

58x doesn’t scale anywhere near as much and isn’t very picky so the differences are a bit debateable… it’s hard for me to say for certain as I know some people who can’t hear any differences between amps unless you go between price brackets. Personally, I definitely like the ifi zen dac a lot more for it’s warmer smoother sound over the E10k. To me, personally I see the E10k as more of a throw away unit while zen dac is a start to a nice stack since you can grab the zen can later for more power and even better sound qualities.

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Well, what is your smartphone? Will you use em just with the smartphone, or do you want to plug em in your computer too?

Might want to go with the Fiio BTR5 for an all-in-one solution for your computer and when outdoors.

Or with the ifi Hip dac “flask” if you don’t need bluetooth and the sample rate infos.

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agreed with ledechaine if you need portability those are great options

I’d also agree that I’d skip the e10k. I love my BTR5. You could also look for a used stack of sort sort for around $160.

Ifi Zen Dac or hip dac should do the trick espey if you spend a bit extra getting balanced cables

Oh, is that so? Then I might consider the fiio k5 pro for future proof without spending again, because fiio k5 pro a bit more pricier than ifi zen dac, what’s the better option? fiio k5 pro or ifi zen dac with balanced cable for my currently hd58x?

The Fiio K5 Pro is apparently solid if you want a simple, all-in-one desktop dac+amp combo. This can even power planars like T50RPs, if you’re interested by that.

Remeber you can get “stacks” for pretty much the same price too (JDS Atom Dac + Amp, Liquid Spark Dac + Amp, Topping A30 + D30…)

Not sure I have seen all 3 of those stacks reviewed together. Would be interesting.

I’ve bought a FiiO A5, in practically new condition for $50. Do you think it’s a good amp for hd58x?

Absolutely.

Random question. Anyone here every pair the 58x with the IFI Zen Can or the IFI Zen Can Signature from Drop? If so what did you think? Did you play with the 6xx and 3-D buttons?

I did try it a couple of times at a Audio store to audition the normal Zen Stack, the non drop versions.
When using the 3D, this just adds a little more width to the overall sound as the name implies. X-bass is not as extreme as the TrueBass on the regular Zen DAC but more like just makes it crisper. TrueBass is just bonkers and absolutely love it. When I actually auditioned the stack for the 1st time I was a bit disappointed to be honest, most likely due to pairing it with the 58x. I would imagine it would pair well with Bright headphones, since the stack will add warmth, width and keep the amazing detail.

Value Proposition wise, the Zen DAC itself is really one of the best if not the best DAC/AMP combo in it’s particular price range. As a stack it’s only worth it in my opinion if you have higher Impedance Headphones with a brighter sound signature.

I hope this explanation helps

Thanks to the people here a few weeks ago, I got my HD58X.

Now my little brother is asking me for a pair and I stumbled onto this.

Anyone here with experience on “refurbished” products? I don’t wanna get memed and buy something with a broken left driver or something.

imo for $5 difference, I would just get new with warranty.

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I am a bit stingy so even a $5 discount is huge and I don’t know if I’m even going to make use of the warranty since I’ll be buying these through a freight forwarding service so getting them sent back is actually more troublesome (and costly) on my part. :sweat:

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They do go on sale for $150 new either 2 or 3 times a year.

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