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School me on headphone amps.

So I recently sold my Sennheiser HD280's and upgraded to the HD598's. Before buying I read a bunch of reviews stating that when driven by desktops they shouldn't need an amp to provide decent sound, but I have a feeling that they are being held back greatly by my computer. Also, I have Logitech Z-5500 speakers which do have a headphone amp in the control center, but I notice people trash it in reviews.

I'm looking to spend roughly $100 on a desktop headphone amp for these guys. Doesn't have to be portable since I'm never using these headphones anywhere but my desktop.
Old 03-11-2012, 07:17 PM Retardedchicken is offline  
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HD280's are dope. How are the 598's?

I use an older Hercules Game Theater XP 7.1 for my sound card, which has an internal headphone amp.

I hear good things about the parts express headphone amps, though. For the money.
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I like the 598's much better than the 280's. They have a much more lively sound, and since they are acoustic headphones they let your ear breath a LOT more so you really don't get tired of wearing them.
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As far as headphone amps its more versatile IMO to get an actual amp and then use the headphone jack.

I use a HT receiver (although i very rarely use headphones). If you want to overpay for a tiny tube amp you can pretend it sounds better even though you won't have a pure analog system since your source is still digital.
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Just bought a FiiO E11. I just wanted something to give me overall better sound control as well as bass boosting. Nice addition for 60 bucks
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I NEVER get tired of my 280s. I can wear them all day, no problems. Got rid of my Grado SR80s though, those sucked to wear for even 2 hours.
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