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Headphone monitoring
Old 1 week ago
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Headphone monitoring

Hello,
I am in a situation where I can only work on headphones to produce music. I process field recordings together with various instruments, which are captured on a sound devices mixpre 6 and various DPA mics.

I have just invested in a pair of Audeze LCD-X headphones but am unsure about the best monitoring path from my Mac. Should I invest in something like an Antelope Pure 2 or Crane Song HEDD and monitor through the headphone output, or could I invest in a good quality headphone amp and plug that into my Mixpre 6 which would become my AD/DA?

Or could I invest in a good quality headphone amp and go direct to my Mac?

Thank you in advance,
Ross
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in any case, get a headphone amp with a crossfeed matrix! the grace 9xx is a nice converter and has a somewhat limited x-feed option, the rme adi2 pro too; the spl phonitor (mini) imo has by far the best x-feed options but you'll need a decent converter; hard to tell whether you like the sd's converter/think it's good enough. imo there's nothing wrong with it although the cranesong converter has certainly more gearslutz appeal...
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Hello deedeeyeah,

Many thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. Just checking, was there more information because it seems like the response is the second part to other info...
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i was referring to sound devices vs cranesong in terms of conversion...

btw: the cranesong is a brilliant piece of gear! i like it best for its tone shaping options though.

Last edited by deedeeyeah; 1 week ago at 12:15 PM.. Reason: edited
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Okay thanks again.
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Ive read positive reviews about the rme adi2 pro converters so i could just use this without a seperate headphone amp...? id need to listen first of course.
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I guess Sound Devices are not that guys who cuts corners on engineering.
Used their, errr, devices a lot of times, had no problems either with quality or available power from headphone output.
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Thanks. I'm going to compare the SD to the RME and Solaris.
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DACs in the consumer world get very good now. Topping D70 paired with 789 THX AAA should get great results.
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