Always better to have dedicated DAC but the sound quality on it own is really good as well. You might wanna just check it out without any extra attachments to see if it satisfies you.Thank you for the +ve backup.
When the new MBP arrives they will be my next purchase. Would they be better with a DAC/amp out of usb-c or not?
OK but twice the price and I can only find them on eBay in UK..For openback, the Massdrop Sennheiser Jubilee HD58x is a steal for US$160. That's about half the price of Sennheiser's cheapest of the current HD6xx line. Pleasant sound and easy to drive.
For closed backs, lots of people like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. But they are too bass heavy for me, so I prefer the ATH-M70x. Same fit, but less hyped in both bass and treble.
The Sennheisers are £130 here.If you're on a budget, the usual suspects for over ear closedbacks are the Sony MDR-7506, Sennheiser HD-280Pro. Both are just under US$100, and should be available in Scotland. While they are not the ultimate in high fidelity, they are workhorses in the music industry. Sound is good enough to take home for casual listening. Passive isolation is good on the Sony, and very good on the Sennheiser. Impedance is low enough (both in the mid-60 ohms) to dispense with a headphone amp. Earpads (which usually wear out and peel in a year or so) are user-replaceable, and freely available from Amazon.
This is my present lineup....and you can see where the trophy lies.Excellent suggestion.
I'm also a fan of Bowers & Wilkins; the P7, and P9 are both superb, while I use the excellent P5 when traveling.
Actually, I love my P5s, as well.
If you want a truly transparent neutral studio monitor headphone, Sony MDR 7506's are the choice of the overwhelming number of musicians who record or need referencing. They're only $79.00, but you cannot get this clarity from phones that cost $300.00. If you watch movies or concerts, you'll see them on the pianos of musicians and on the ears of tv studio folk. They are the work of serious audio people at Sony who make all the video monitors for JPL, NASA, tv studios and more. I've had three pair and still do since. 1991 and they still work perfectly. Sound really great with a decent DAC or headphone amp, as they're made for being used in multiple headphone monitoring amps in recording studios. The MDR7510's are a variation, and I'm loving these a bit more, with a larger, 50mm driver and warmer bass, but not too much to be out of the neutral game. They're around $110.00. You have these for 20-30 years, no joke.Makes sense.
I suppose main test will be my TEAC setup with Digital radio (once I cure the mains hum) but having just listened to a live concert (classical) with my old Sony on ear travel headphones I am really looking forward to down the wire stuff via MBP. The sound values are almost the ones I searched for in my youth. Now while audiophiles want warmth etc. I still crave that clean clarity you could never get off an LP. Oddd isn't it how tastes change. Simply love the cold heartless CD & digital stuff - nothing but the sound - brilliant.
Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless are worth checking out, great reviews - great valueMusical tastes - everything except free jazz, english folk, scottish/irish diddly diddly stuff. Not averse to using a DAC/amp if worth it.