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post #1 of 9
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Hello OCN

I have a question

I have read a lot that with high end Headphones like the HD 595 you NEED an amp to truly experience the best sound quality

BUT...that is if you are using the HP with an MP3 player right?

what about if I plug the HP to a PC ??? or a Receiver (with the big connector) ??

I will need an amp in those cases too ??

I have that doubt because I have this receiver:



I have my PS3 via optical connection to it and it sound amazing...and Im in the search of a new pair of HP...(HD 595 are just 134$ in amazon!!)

and I want to know if I will be able to connect those HP directly to the Receiver and get the "full sound" without the need of an amp

Thanks !!
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post #2 of 9
A receiver is an amplifier. So you're good to go.
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post #3 of 9
Yeah, they do need an amp to sound their best, but to be honest, it's usually a very subtle difference unless you have >200Ohm cans. A receiver will work fine.

I suggest the ATH-M50s for closed cans or the AD-700s if you're into open cans.
post #4 of 9
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thanks !

uummm whats the Ohm of the HD 595 ??

I will be using mainly (90% of the time) with my reciever but with this mp3 player too:



I will need and amp with this player?
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post #5 of 9
I think 595s come in 50 and 120 ohm. Neither really need an amp, lol. The audio technicas mentioned are probably better value.
    
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Originally Posted by Secretninja View Post
I think 595s come in 50 and 120 ohm. Neither really need an amp, lol. The audio technicas mentioned are probably better value.
yeah those AT looks good but they are just to big for me lol

any other good open around the ear HP around that price range?

Im looking to for the 558 too but that 3d sorround gimmick worries me
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post #7 of 9

You could always get a portable headphone amplifier for use with your player

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post #8 of 9
Headphones with high impedance require amplifers.
On a set that is low impedance you will not notice any improvments from an amplifier.
However, if your headphones need an amplifer there can be a differences in sound quality between amping and not amping them. If they need an amp and you are not using one then they are not operating as they are designed to.
Edited by Robscix - 5/1/11 at 11:42am
post #9 of 9
HD 595 doesn't really improve a lot with an amp; the differences in sound is subtle. It will work fine out of a MP3 player.
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