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Hey, so I know that once you get into the higher-end cans a lot of people like to use amps to power them to get the full sound and character. I know that 595's don't totally fit the bill but they could still benefit, and besides I won't keep them forever.

So my question to you: what sorts of amps do people like to get, and what would you recommend? I have no budget at this point because this is all speculative, I'm simply curious. If it means more umph, I'll pay for it as long as it's worth it.

Thanks all!
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It depends on your headphones and what do you want from you amp. Something neutral, something with more bass gain, etc.

I just got the Ultrasone PRO 750 and an iBasso T3D amp. This is my first amp purchase (~$135), and it does what I am expecting, but I can imagine better. Maybe later in the year I will purchase something better, but for now it powers my PRO 750 nicely, it allows them to open up and sound fuller without turning up the volume all the way.

Some small specs to look at when finding an amp to your headphones is usually the impedance of the headphones and the output of the amp. My Ultrasone PRO 750 has 40ohms and my amp supports anything from 8-300ohms. Not quite sure how significant the driver size of the headphone accounts for in respect to the impedance, but something to look into I suppose...

EDIT: Down the road, I will probably get this for my upgrade. Yeah it's almost 4x the cost, but I hear great things about it
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I have a ZERO running in tandem with my HD595s, and I think it is a pretty good pairing. I've always liked the solid state sound over the tube sound (just as I prefer the British speaker sound to the American...), and the HD595s seem to be rather neutral to begin with, so they come together quite well.

I would advise against buying a new ZERO, however; the quality control is abysmal on the newer models. If you can find a used (but working) one, that would be a decent starting point.
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Thanks for the response. I am very fond of open cans after owning 555's and now 595's. That said I'm not really sure that I want to change my headphone's character any (thus make up for their obvious shortfall in the bass range), but rather expound upon the character they already have. From that, I think I want a neutral amp.

Budget is still up in the air, keep suggestions for a decent first amp coming!
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Are you looking for portability? I don't own the 595's, but my understanding is that they leak quite a bit

EDIT: food for thought
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Nothing is wrong with your 595s if you're not wanting to upgrade them. An amp will make almost any pair of headphones sound better so
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I run my Ultrasone HFI-680's via my Zero DAC onto a Little Dot MKIII. Got the Zero on eBay and LD MKIII 2nd hand from Head-Fi.


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I run my Ultrasone HFI-680's via my Zero DAC onto a Little Dot MKIII. Got the Zero on eBay and LD MKIII 2nd hand from Head-Fi.
The PRO 750 are my first Ultrasone's. How long do you think I should burn them in for? I notice the mids and highs are a little harsh at higher levels and this after about 25-30 hours burn in. So far I like them, but with the mids and highs being a little too much at times, I fatigue after 1-2 hours makes me kind of want to look for open air, but I love the detail and how tight the bass is....blah
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Have you decided whether you're looking for a porta amp or stationary one?

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The PRO 750 are my first Ultrasone's. How long do you think I should burn them in for? I notice the mids and highs are a little harsh at higher levels and this after about 25-30 hours burn in. So far I like them, but with the mids and highs being a little too much at times, I fatigue after 1-2 hours makes me kind of want to look for open air, but I love the detail and how tight the bass is....blah
What I found pre-burn in was that yes, the highs seemed a little harsh and there wasn't really any bass. Many recommend 300 hours of normal playback burn in, I say I have probably done near 100 hours.

I just put the Ultrasone CD on repeat and the highs have calmed down and bass is definitely there. I know there have been complaints about the HFI-780's about them being too harsh on the ears any many preferring the sound of the 680's over them, so maybe that's the same thing with the 750's.

The ProLine are also designed to be a lot more tone neutral as they are studio headphones.

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