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I have an old amp in the garage from about 10 years ago, its a good quality Yamaha that my family used for their surround sound system until we recently upgraded. I plan on getting some new headphones to go along with my new sound card, probably the ATH-M50s.

Ive seen some headphone amps out there, but was wondering what is better for a setup, a full amp or a headphone amp? I will probably install some sort of speaker system in the future. I like to play video games and I listen to heavy Bass music, Rap DnB ect.
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You may see an improvement going with the digital out from your computer to the receiver. It's not ideal but at least the receiver has a bit more isolation and probably a better DAC. The M50's really don't need an amp so I'd recommend saving your money, rather than getting a dedicated headphone amp.
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As a general rule, a headphone amp is going to be better value because it has been designed specifically for the purpose of amplifying a signal for headphones. In many cases the headphone output of a full size amp or AV Receiver the headphone output is just an additional feature more than it is designed to sound as good as it possibly can. AVRs usually have better headphone outputs than stereo amps, older AVRs and amps generally have better headphone outputs than more recent models. This is only a general rule though, there will always be the odd exception. I'd advise that you use the full size amp for the time being, if you are not happy with the sound or choose to upgrade to a pair of headphones later on which do require a beefier amp then you can at that time. If you are unhappy with the sound of the full size amp right away then you can revisit your options for upgrading.
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