My 280s sound fine without an amp, either through a sound card or pcdp. They do sound better with my CMOY amp - a little more soundstage, bass response, and even detail. One thing wallstreet might want to consider is that the HD 280 bass is much different than the KSC-35 bass. I'd guess that the 280s have a fairly flat response, while the KSC-35s have a boost in the mid bass. The 280s seem to have deeper and tighter bass. I got the KSC-35s after I'd been listening to the 280s for a month or so, and the KSC-35s sounded kind of boomy and muddy to me, although I was still amazed that the little things sounded as good as they did! It could be that the opposite will happen with wallstreet, with the 280s sounding a little flat and bass deficient, at least at first, until he gets used to the tight accurate bass.
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6/10/02 at 12:37pm