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Particularly with regards to driving high-impedance headphones, the difference between amplifiers is generally grossly overstated by the audiophile community. The differences are small enough that the the effect of expectation bias (A is more expensive than B, so of course A sounds better) and other factors becomes dominant over the actual differences in sound, which are real. Thus I advise you take anybody's advise with a good perspective.

Some amplifiers are quite different, but this is by design to intentionally alter the incoming signal so as to produce a different sound. There's not much room to improve over a cheap solution in terms of fidelity, since cheap stuff these days is pretty good in the grand scheme of things (except unless it isn't loud enough, or it's making funny chirping / buzzing / whatever noises). A sound could be cleaner without being noticeably cleaner. If you were drinking 99.9% pure water, would you notice it from 99.99% pure water? ** In terms of sound quality, I guess whatever makes you happy works. I think you should just try the sound card by itself before figuring out if you want anything else.

With lower-impedance headphones, there can be much more significant issues, even with more expensive gear.

** pardon the made-up figures. Don't read too much into them. I have no idea what 99.9% water tastes like. But as with audio reproduction, it depends on what the other .1% is actually. Many would also argue that adding minerals to water makes it taste better. I wouldn't interpret audio reproduction the same way, since it's not really the same kind of thing at all, but some do.


In terms of power, you look at the sensitivity of the headphones, the impedance, and what the amplifier is capable of. For details see here:
http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/09/more-power.html
http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/02/gain-and-headphone-ampsdacs.html
Edited by mikeaj - 4/3/12 at 11:08pm
post #11292 of 38150
Thanks a lot, i got some plenty of info from there. I'll be reading some more when i wake up.thumb.gif
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add me to the list of owners for ath-a900 and ath-m50s (straight cable). i really love my a900 due to its super duper comfortable wing system thumb.gif i rarely use my m50 now and might end up selling it MAYBE. and also i changed out the stock pads on the a900 for w1000 pads (made it even more comfortable!)

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I'd buy your M50's but my Mom says I have too many headphones... rolleyes.gif
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I understand at least that much. My only problem is, what defines a good or powerful enough AMP for certain headphones? I'm not and Audiophile, but, i love music, almost each and every kind there is. So, cleaner sound or fuller as you say is a top priority. Budget is going to hold me down on getting something good for a while. thumb.gif

if you have a budget get the O2 from JDS labs, or a similar place, $150 and powerful enough to drive anything, also has low output impedence and good chanel balance, read up on it on NWAVguy's blog, its a great little amp and i wouldn't recommend any solid state amp more expensive than it, unless its purely for looks, tubes on the other hand are different, their goal is to change the sound, while SS amps are meant to be transparent.
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I have sennheiser hd 555 for everyday use and sennheiser pc 350 for lans.

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I'd buy your M50's but my Mom says I have too many headphones... rolleyes.gif
let me know if your mom decides you don't have too many headphones. otherwise i might end up giving them to my sister.
    
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I will! But it's not happening. Every time I pull out my headphones she roll's her eyes and walks away. lol
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let me know if your mom decides you don't have too many headphones. otherwise i might end up giving them to my sister.

^ lachen.gif I was considering the same and I left them for her for two weeks see how she would do with my M50's............. I'd rather have them collect dust with occasional usage than the beating she gave them in those two weeks mad.gif
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if you have a budget get the O2 from JDS labs, or a similar place, $150 and powerful enough to drive anything, also has low output impedence and good chanel balance, read up on it on NWAVguy's blog, its a great little amp and i wouldn't recommend any solid state amp more expensive than it, unless its purely for looks, tubes on the other hand are different, their goal is to change the sound, while SS amps are meant to be transparent.

The O2 will be my first choice if i wanted any Amplifier soon.
NWAVguy's blog, is filled with lots of good reads, i'll be taking my time reading that.
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