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questrion: dt 831's and amps

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I just purchased my first pair of good headphones and I'm not sure if i need an amp or not. I bought the Beyerdynamic dt831's as I am in college and living in a dorm so i needed something closed. I am very happy with the quality, but was conisdering buying the Total Airhead amp from www.headroom.com but wasn't sure if it was worth it given my sound card. I am running all my music off of my computer using the Hercules Gamer XP. It has an external rack with lots of inputs/outputs and claims to have a headphone amp built in. I doubt it's a very good quality amp, but I could be wrong. I just need some advice: is it worth the $150 to get the Total Airhead or not?
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I just got a Total Airhead several days ago, and I was quite surprised by how well it performs. It was good enough that I decided to sell my Creek OBH-11 (which is a plug-in-the-wall type amp). Was it better than my OBH-11? No, not necessarily to my ears. But it was good enough to make me not miss the Creek too much, and I discovered through the Total Airhead and The Max that I like crossfeed.

For something that runs on just two AA batteries, it's a heck of an amp, and it will likely outperform your soundcard (you should know that I'm just guessing here about your soundcard since I've not listened to that model before).
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