Topic: USB Sound Card for Sennheiser HD 600
I own the HD 600 and the Yamaha CP33 and I want to experiment with software pianos such as Pianoteq, Ivory, Hauptwerk and so on. For this, I need a quality sound card / audio interface that works well with Windows (10, at the moment).
I would like it to be something that I can use on various computers, so I guess USB is the only way to go, unless you have good reasons why I shouldn't choose a USB card.
I am considering the Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 gen 2.
I read that the 2i2 didn't have external power supply and doesn't get enough power from USB2. I also read something about them not handling high gain inputs well, such as from some guitar pickups. Not a first priority, but I do own an electric guitar, and who knows what I might use the audio interface for smile
But I also read that the 2i4 (or 2i2) doesn't have a very good headphone amp built in and that it wouldn't match the HD 600 very well? Is this true? Also, would it be possible to get the signal right from the DAC of the 2i4 and bypass the builtin amp to feed an external headphone amp?
I am very interested in experiences, suggestions, recommendations etc.