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I'd like to join! The following is my Audio Kit:

Grado RA1-AC Headphone Amp (Will most likely change)
Grado SR-60i (Best value for $60? I think so...)
AKG K240 Studio (Main use)
AKG K701 White
Sennheisser HD280


And no...if you are wondering I don't have a headphone habit.
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Gotta ask. What exactly is the purpose of having headphone amps if I have HD595's? My laptop easily drives them.
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Gotta ask. What exactly is the purpose of having headphone amps if I have HD595's? My laptop easily drives them.
It's to bring the most out of the headphone so you get a more pleasurable listening experience.
     
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It's to bring the most out of the headphone so you get a more pleasurable listening experience.
Yea, but how does the amplification improve sound quality?
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Yea, but how does the amplification improve sound quality?
I'm not knowledged enough to fully explain to you how amplification makes the headphones sound better. But from my own experience with the gear I own. It's noticeable when you listen to an unampled source and then listen to the same source using a headphone amp. Smaller details come out more.
     
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Gotta ask. What exactly is the purpose of having headphone amps if I have HD595's? My laptop easily drives them.
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Yea, but how does the amplification improve sound quality?
Amping is most noticeable when bypassing the original headphone amp circuit.

Say you have an iPod, and you listen out of the stock headphone out. The iPod has a subpar headphone amp circuit, so you can get a LOD (Line out dock) to transmit unamped signals to a more refined amp, such as a FiiO e11 (for example). The FiiO was built soley for amping purposes, and will do a much better job than the stock headphone amp, providing more power, and less distortion.

Amping the already amped signal directly off your laptop would not be too productive (it may help SQ a tiny bit) but if you can get RCA outs from your source, and plug those into an external amp, then you will really be able to appreciate it. Make sense?

EDIT: Basically, the whole point of an amp is to get your signal louder without distorting the original quality. Some amps, mainly tubes, will even change the sound signature a bit.
Edited by pangolinman - 11/2/11 at 6:16pm
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Will I notice a significant upgrade if I get the ATH-M50 from my JVC HA-RX700?
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Will I notice a significant upgrade if I get the ATH-M50 from my JVC HA-RX700?
Yes. Should get significantly better bass and highs. Similar soundstage.

The M50s are very intense headphones, they have a lot of drive to their sound. From my experience, there wasn't any genre that sounded bad on them. They're great all-rounders. I didnt particularly like the comfort aspect, but I am more picky when it comes to that than most.

At the MSRP of $150 or so amazon has listed, they're a tad expensive, but if you look around I think you can find them for ~$100.
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Yes. Should get significantly better bass and highs. Similar soundstage.

The M50s are very intense headphones, they have a lot of drive to their sound. From my experience, there wasn't any genre that sounded bad on them. They're great all-rounders. I didnt particularly like the comfort aspect, but I am more picky when it comes to that than most.

At the MSRP of $150 or so amazon has listed, they're a tad expensive, but if you look around I think you can find them for ~$100.
Which version should I get coiled or stright? What are the differences?

I will game and listen to trance mostly on the headphones. Thanks for the input!

There is $50 off in sound professionals from $160.
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