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I plan on upgrading my sound to the Auzentech Prelude and a pair of Beyer DT770's (Sig). I see quite a few people posting about which amps to buy for headphones, my question is do they make much difference, and should I get one?

If so, I can just go look through their threads to find which ones are good for the cost, so no need to link me to any.
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post #2 of 23
Generally, yes.

Just as you would not plan on plugging fancy new speakers into your CD player without an amplifier, high-end headphones often need much more current than a sound card or other source can provide.
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I didn't specify, but the only thing that my setup will be used for is gaming. I am not concerned with movies and music as much as I have a home theater for that.
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If it is for gaming you can probably get away with easier to drive headphones like the HD555 or the A700/AD700 instead of the DT770, even the 80ohm version should be amped.
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Headphones can only go so far with frequency response. If your only concern is gaming, I wouldn't even bother with much more then a USB headset. A good $50-$75 pair usually has good low-end for explosions, as well as decent clarity.
 
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Which would you suggest, the Senheisers or the Audio Technicas? Sorry to drag my previous post's questions into this one.
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post #7 of 23
The Beyers are a better headphone IMO than either the HD555 or ATH-500; but if I had to choose between the two I would get the Audio Technica's for gaming because they are closed and have a pretty punchy sound.
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Alright, as financial changes have also come afoot I have changed my audio upgrade to better suit what I will be using it for.

I plan on going with the X-FI Xtreme Music (Discontinued version) and the ATH-A700 for headphones.

Where should I snag one of the original xtreme musics, ebay?
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post #9 of 23
if you plan on just gaming then the dt770's are better than either ATH or Senn option previously suggested. However, the HD595's are better than the ATH A series for all-around performance.

The 770's do sound much better with a decent amp. There is a review link in the suggested reading stickied at the top of the page.
I recommend either a wall-powered mini3 or PIMETA as both will give great performance, bring your 770's to their full potential w/o breaking the bank.

Also, you want DT 770 Pro/80
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if you plan on just gaming then the dt770's are better than either ATH or Senn option previously suggested. However, the HD595's are better than the ATH A series for all-around performance.

The 770's do sound much better with a decent amp. There is a review link in the suggested reading stickied at the top of the page.
I recommend either a wall-powered mini3 or PIMETA as both will give great performance, bring your 770's to their full potential w/o breaking the bank.

Also, you want DT 770 Pro/80
The DT770 is definitely better, though they need to be amped. I'm wondering if DT770 would be worth the almost doubling in price compared to the HD555 and the ATH-A700/AD700 unamped.
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