What do I need to drive Sennheiser 650's?

afterburnt Posts: 7,897
I imagine that my P5 will run them but will my iFi Nano?


  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,685
    Try it and find out. I run mine off a Benchmark DAC.
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    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,790
    I think it will be fine
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • mrbiron
    mrbiron Posts: 5,693
    I'll be using my BH Crack *snicker* :p
    Where’s the KABOOM?!?! There’s supposed to be an Earth shattering KABOOM!!!
  • BH Crack + 650s -- a great combination, to be sure. But you can get very close to that with a Schiit Vali 2. Replace the stock tube (which is pretty good) with RCA 6CG7 (plentiful on eBay) and you'll get a big, warm, full sound thru the 650s. If you like razor-sharp analytical sound, this isn't for you. But works for me!
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,483
    I run a Little Dot I+ for my AKGs...going to try the same amp with my new HD558s. My first pair of Senns though...
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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,189
    Either source would work. However, the 650s are 300 ohm headphones and your 598s are 50 ohm. The 650s may not go as loud as the 598s, or they may. Only way to see for sure if the volume and sound quality is what you are looking for is to try them with your sources. Most of the concern with the 650s or 600s is using them with portable battery powered devices. Since they are both open backed headphones, I have never used mine outside the house anyway so use with portable devices has been a non issue for me. They perform best with a dedicated headphone amp of course.
    1. Polk L800 + L900, L400, LSiM-703 x4; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz AV8805A processor; Parasound A31; Outlaw 7000X; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S2 cables
    2. Magnepan 1.7i or JM Lab 920.1; Sonic Frontiers Line 3 SE+ preamp and Parasound JC5 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P500; MIT S1 Cables