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Hey guys, I need an amp for my headphones for when I'm using them with my computer. I listen to a lot of acoustic type music, and play a ton of games. Assume I will either be using it with HD555's or ATH-A700. I broke my headphones, and am still deciding between those two. Thanks for any help you guys can provide, as I am completely lost when it comes to amps...I don't even know where to look :/.
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Budget? Amps can be very pricey.
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Budget? Amps can be very pricey.
Hmmm, can we just assume, lower end of the budget spectrum? I don't want to throw out a limit, and get something terrible. Just recommend bang for the buck, without me spending something outrageous. I mean, when you say pricey..what are we looking at?
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Hmmm, can we just assume, lower end of the budget spectrum? I don't want to throw out a limit, and get something terrible. Just recommend bang for the buck, without me spending something outrageous. I mean, when you say pricey..what are we looking at?
It's common for headphone addicts to drop anywhere from $500 to a couple of thousand on one amp. For budget:

- PIMETA. DIY desktop amp that has great quality for under $200. You'll either need to order the parts and put it together yourself (including soldering, etc.) or have a builder, such as Soloz, make one for you.

- Little Dot MKII. Great budget tube amp in the sub-$200 range. The Little Dot series is very well-known for keeping solid value in all of their amps.

- Darkvoice 336i. Another very solid tube amp under $300. Not quite as warm as many other brands, but some find this very appealing for darker headphones (or perhaps if they simply want a nice sound almost in between tubes and solid-state).

There are quite a few more options, but this should get you started. I almost forgot, solid-state amps use an opamp, while tube amps use *you guessed it* tubes. Solid-state can be more revealing/analytical, making you very aware of the most minute differences in the instrumentation. This can be great for jazz/classical. Tubes are very warm and engaging, adding what some believe to be the "life" of the music to the sound signature.
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It's common for headphone addicts to drop anywhere from $500 to a couple of thousand on one amp. For budget:

- PIMETA. DIY desktop amp that has great quality for under $200. You'll either need to order the parts and put it together yourself (including soldering, etc.) or have a builder, such as Soloz, make one for you.

- Little Dot MKII. Great budget tube amp in the sub-$200 range. The Little Dot series is very well-known for keeping solid value in all of their amps.

- Darkvoice 336i. Another very solid tube amp under $300. Not quite as warm as many other brands, but some find this very appealing for darker headphones (or perhaps if they simply want a nice sound almost in between tubes and solid-state).

There are quite a few more options, but this should get you started. I almost forgot, solid-state amps use an opamp, while tube amps use *you guessed it* tubes. Solid-state can be more revealing/analytical, making you very aware of the most minute differences in the instrumentation. This can be great for jazz/classical. Tubes are very warm and engaging, adding what some believe to be the "life" of the music to the sound signature.
The little dot looks like where i'm leaning at the moment. Thanks for all the great advice!
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Sorry, but I think you're making a mistake.

The HD555 and A700 are both not really the type of headphone that you buy an amp for. They're budget headphones. IMO, you'd be MUCH better off combining the budget to just buy a pair of headphones. Amps do make a difference, but in my view they're only to enhance the experience once you've picked your headphone that you like best. In the end, the headphone still makes the most difference.

If you combine the cost of HD555/A700 ($100) and a LD MKII ($200), you can buy some pretty darn nice headphones. Personally, I'd suggest the Denon D2000. It used to be available for $200, but I hear it's getting harder and harder to find now at that price. The SQ is still great unamped, and the comfort is tops.
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Sorry, but I think you're making a mistake.

The HD555 and A700 are both not really the type of headphone that you buy an amp for. They're budget headphones. IMO, you'd be MUCH better off combining the budget to just buy a pair of headphones. Amps do make a difference, but in my view they're only to enhance the experience once you've picked your headphone that you like best. In the end, the headphone still makes the most difference.

If you combine the cost of HD555/A700 ($100) and a LD MKII ($200), you can buy some pretty darn nice headphones. Personally, I'd suggest the Denon D2000. It used to be available for $200, but I hear it's getting harder and harder to find now at that price. The SQ is still great unamped, and the comfort is tops.
...that will most likely need an amp. The headphones above the range that the 555's are in start to need an amp (besides prestige series grados).

I would definitely go for an amp first, then you can worry about upgrading your headphones. Amps are good for any kind of headphones.
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Thanks for the continuing input guys. I will consider all of this as I continue to look through my options.
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Here's the d2000's for about $200 if you want to take a look at them: http://www.provantage.com/denon-ah-d2000~7DENN003.htm
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Just thought I'd put a plug in for a brand new amp that will be shipping before summer's out. the new x-head from av123. I've seen some frequency response charts and it looks like it'll be a solid unit at an entry level price. I've got one that should be on it's way to me soon and I'm hoping to be able to bring it to an upcomming head-fi meet so stay tuned for impressions.

bottom line, you can buy the amp after the headphones so don't rush into any decisions.

I would highly recommend the HD595's over the HD555's. I found them to be more resolved and detailed, slightly more satisfying. Both will benefit from a good amp. For games I feel the ATH A700's are a bit better, but they just aren't nearly as good as an all-around headphone if you plan to listen to music and movies, especially since you enjoy acoustic music (folk, jazz, classical, acoustic rock & pop)
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