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I have a denon receiver that I use to power 2 bookshelf speakers for my computer. How does the headphone output on this compare to a headphone amp in terms of quality and power? Do receivers have a better sounding or higher power amp for headphones built in than my on board sound from my PC?
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Interested in this as well.
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Is it an AV Receiver or a Stereo Receiver? AVRs usually have decent quality headphone outputs, it won't be as good as a $200+ headphone amp though. It depends on the headphones you wish to use, if you have something that requires a lot of power (high ohm headphones or low sensitivity such as the K701) then you'll be better off with a headphone amp. The headphone output of the AVR will be quite a big improvement on your onboard sound. How is the receiver connect to the PC?
Edited by TUDJ - 6/7/11 at 3:20am
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Originally Posted by tUDJ;13782099 
Is it an AV Receiver or a Stereo Receiver? AVRs usually have decent quality headphone outputs, it won't be as good as a $200+ headphone amp though. It depends on the headphones you wish to use, if you have something that requires a lot of power (high ohm headphones or low sensitivity such as the K701) then you'll be better off with a headphone amp. The headphone output of the AVR will be quite a big improvement on your onboard sound. How is the receiver connect to the PC?

It is a Denon DRA 395 stereo receiver I purchased around 10 years ago. Its connected to the green jack on the back of my MB with an RCA to 1/8 cable. It does not have any digital inputs
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Witch means the sound card on your mobo processes the signal, THEN the receiver process the signal. You need digital out so you can avoid the dual DAC scenario for best quality.
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Some receivers come out with a dolby headphone amp as well
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick911;13801261 
Witch means the sound card on your mobo processes the signal, THEN the receiver process the signal. You need digital out so you can avoid the dual DAC scenario for best quality.

+1. I don't know how good the quality of onboard processing to receiver processing is as I've never done it but I can't imagine it being all that great.

As others have stated it is dependent on your equipment. But I'm under the impression that a newish headphone amp would be leaps and bounds better than your current onboard to 10 year old receiver setup.
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic;13788281 
It is a Denon DRA 395 stereo receiver I purchased around 10 years ago. Its connected to the green jack on the back of my MB with an RCA to 1/8 cable. It does not have any digital inputs

Oh my, a relic smile.gif Should update to a new one. My yamaha in my sig cost me 250 and the sound is utterly amazing. Has optical, hdmi, component, composit, spdif.......
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ;13804034 
Oh my, a relic smile.gif Should update to a new one. My yamaha in my sig cost me 250 and the sound is utterly amazing. Has optical, hdmi, component, composit, spdif.......

My dad bought it for me for my brithday when I was little. I'm kinda attached to it lol. I have a good yamaha AV receiver in my living room but I gotta keep the ol denon around and use it for something tongue.gif
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That's how I felt about an old Aiwa system my dad gave me when I was a kid. I finally gave it away after 15 years(only used it for the first 3 years).
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