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Few random audio questions that have come up for me lately. I've been in the process of diving into better audio equipment, and have done a lot (relative...for a newbie) of research/reading and review hunts. So here goes:

1 - Portable amplifiers. I was under the impression that these were generally _always_ good for headphones and necessary eventually. However, I believe I read a comment on head-fi that the headphone amps aren't necessary with a good soundcard (if so, does the one in my signature qualify as decent?). Is this true?

2 - For someone who listens to music about 8 hours a day (via ipod) at work through headphones - is the e7/e9 combo a good investment?

3 - What entry point of headphones does an amp become necessary (kind of relevant to question 1 I guess)? Or is it really headphone specific, such as with the sennheiser 650's?

4 - What's the difference between using a desktop amp for home and a receiver? Is one significantly better than the other?


Hope these questions make sense.

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1) some sound cards have built-in amplifiers, however a separate headphone amp will probably have better quality. look for built in amp specs, definitely helps. (your brand of sound card is usually quality and has a built in amp).

2) those are supposed to be above average for portable applications

3) the type of amp is headphone specific, due to what apects may make it sound better... and the hd650 is good enough to use one. i wouldnt buy an amp for a sub-$100 pair if not $150

4) a receiver combines a bunch of functions, so it usually cuts corners. getting dedicated amps, preamps, etc should have better quality since the money is spent on what you want it to do.
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the e7/e9 combo wont help if you're using earbuds
    
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Originally Posted by wrekt View Post
1 - Portable amplifiers. I was under the impression that these were generally _always_ good for headphones and necessary eventually. However, I believe I read a comment on head-fi that the headphone amps aren't necessary with a good soundcard (if so, does the one in my signature qualify as decent?). Is this true?
depends on headphone and of coruse budget.

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Originally Posted by wrekt View Post
2 - For someone who listens to music about 8 hours a day (via ipod) at work through headphones - is the e7/e9 combo a good investment?
Until you really hit to $300 ish mark, it's better to invest in better earphones / headphone than amping it.

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3 - What entry point of headphones does an amp become necessary (kind of relevant to question 1 I guess)? Or is it really headphone specific, such as with the sennheiser 650's?
headphone specific based on it's sensitivity.

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- What's the difference between using a desktop amp for home and a receiver? Is one significantly better than the other?
All depends on the quality of the amplifier chip in the receiver vs. what headphone amp.
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