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Obviously you should have bought the 250 ohm DT880.   Actually I'm telling lies when I say I couldn 't pick a fault with derbigpr's remarks. I've certainly found a greater variation of performance than he seems to suggest, but he's right in saying that the sound of the amplifier with speakers is the sound you're going to get with headphones--at least 90% of the time. Obviously that means you need to choose a good sounding amp if you want good sound. There is nothing...
 Is there another way of having ears? 
  Have you tried the tone controls on the Integra? Tone controls may lack the precision of a full EQ, but they can be surprisingly effective. I use a DT880 Pro with a Denon DRA295 receiver and -2db treble with great results. You might even try +2db on the bass for a bit of fullness. Fortunately the DT880 peak is at what for many of us is the extreme treble (I'm 68).
When you consider the circuitous route the music takes from recording studio mixing desk to your ears I doubt a couple of resistors behind the HP socket is going to make any difference. In fact I often wonder why HP enthusiasts are so terrified of resistors, especially when even their dedicated amps are chock full of them. Maybe they should make a horror movie about resistors taking over people minds. (No, wait, seems like that's already happened).   Oh, and thanks,...
I'm glad you're pleased with your NAD. I should probably list my equipment to make proper economic comparisons. I'm using a Beyer DT880 Pro ($195) out of a Denon DRA295 integrated ($40 off Ebay--about 12 years old). Best source is a Yamaha CD-S700 (Ebay--$175). With a good CD this system is capable of frequent OMG moments (I listen primarily to classical). My comparison is a $40,000 speaker based system owned by a friend. I must say I'm not crestfallen when I return to my...
Sounds like you're comparing a quite expensive ($600 in Oz) dac/amp with a typical integrated. That's hardly scientific. The dac is likely to make as much difference to the sound as the amp.   One of the points I failed to make about integrateds/receivers is the convenience. Remote volume control (often in 1db increments), tone controls, multiple inputs...these things are not to be sneezed at. Tone controls are particularly useful, despite all the audiophile snobbery...
It's obvious you've made up your mind and are not about to be moved. That's fine if you've actually done your homework and are not simply parroting a typical belief because you've spent a lot of money and there's safety in numbers. As far as facts go, the info about how HP jacks are powered comes from the manufacturers themselves and is confirmed by my own observations. As for "90% of headphones are not 300-600ohm", that's certainly an arguable statement. In any case as...
I have this weird control of my amp labelled "Bass". I hardly ever use it, but it's such a comfort to know it's there.   I also have one labelled "Treble", but fortunately with the DT880 it's virtually redundant.   What'll they think of next, eh?   
  Well, you've just managed to re-state all the myths without offering a shred of evidence. In fact this subject has been thoroughly discussed in previous threads and the following has emerged: 1. Almost all HP outs on integrateds and receivers are taken from the speaker outs through resistors. This has been confirmed by emails to manufacturers by someone with a lot more patience than I. (Cambridge are in fact one of the few exceptions, except for their base model). This...
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