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im gonna rock the Sennheiser HD595. reviews say they sound amazing and say they sound better with an amp

im gonna be using them in my gaming lappy, ipod, home rig, and video filming/editing

what amp should i get that makes these beauties sound amazing but also semi mobile

thanks guys!
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Im not sure that the 595 inherently benefit that much from a dedicated amp. Im sure they do to some extent though it may be an issue of diminishing returns for you.
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Im not sure that the 595 inherently benefit that much from a dedicated amp. Im sure they do to some extent though it may be an issue of diminishing returns for you.
i was reading they sound decent without an amp but their made for more bass kick and what i read said the bass doesnt kick hard without one but i know nothing about headphone amps, infact i didnt even know headphones needed amps until like 3 months ago lol NUB STATUS!
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I got a uDAC, Musiland Monitor 02 and it's been awesome since I've got it with my HD 555's. It's a night and day difference between my onboard sound, but it needs a USB connection and to be plugged into a wall socket so I don't see it being of use on an iPod or others things of that type.
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I got a uDAC, Musiland Monitor 02 and it's been awesome since I've got it with my HD 555's. It's a night and day difference between my onboard sound, but it needs a USB connection and to be plugged into a wall socket so I don't see it being of use on an iPod or others things of that type.
what about this one...
on amazon says its frequently purchased with the 595s looks tiny tho?
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i was reading they sound decent without an amp but their made for more bass kick and what i read said the bass doesnt kick hard without one but i know nothing about headphone amps, infact i didnt even know headphones needed amps until like 3 months ago lol NUB STATUS!
It seems quite often that we read these things. I dont want to speak either way given I have never heard the 595s with an amp, though the headphone itself is only 50 ohm impedance. Realistically the headphones should be able to be driven by most devices adequately. I cant imagine there being a drastic difference in sound, though they would benefit somewhat from a dedicated amp. I simply dont see the difference being that extraordinary.


Now if you own the 595 120 ohm version (which I think is the more recent version) I would suggest an amp. If anything you should see which version you actually own.

It also may be an issue of your source quality, but if you are looking for a portable solution there isnt much that can be done about this.
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Now if you own the 595 120 ohm version (which I think is the more recent version) I would suggest an amp. If anything you should see which version you actually own.


its these
looks like it says 50 ohm?
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Yes you do have the 120 ohm version.

If you are looking for a portable amp specifically then the Fiio E5 mentioned previously would be an quality choice.
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It's not about the ohms, there are cans with less than 32 ohms that draw more power than you can imagine. The 595's are low power, any decent sound card is great for them. I wouldn't recommend purchasing an amp until you are ready to move onto better headphones. When I amped my AD700s I saw a bit of a difference but not substantial, like 5-10%.

Edit:

I second the Fiio e5 purchase.
post #10 of 13
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Yes you do have the 120 ohm version.

If you are looking for a portable amp specifically then the Fiio E5 mentioned previously would be an quality choice.
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