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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I just placed an order for some Senn HD595s. They are the 50 ohm version (or so it said). That load can easily be driven by my stereo (Yamaha something or other) headphone out jack. My question is this:

Even though these are somewhat low impedance cans, will I 'get more' out of them if I use an amp (like the LDM+) rather than the phones out jack?

I currently have HD515s and HD280 Pro and both sound like $hit.

THANKS!
post #2 of 11
IMHO, a portable amp is only going to help if you're using the 595s with a portable. If you're using them with a good enough reciever, you won't hear a difference (though some recievers may have anemic headphone outs). The 595s are easy to drive, but do open up with stationary hp amps. They just improve with your system. They sound quite nice with my expensive DAC1.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Bro'. Another question:

What about 'burn in'?

Do I need to burn these things in when I get them and, if so, what is the recommended way to accomplish that?
post #4 of 11
plug it in to your best source, play music, select repeat (if u have enough music, then shuffle shud suffice) leave it on overnight. Use normally during day. THat shud give u like 50-100 hours burn in a weeks time, which IMO is more than enough.

IMHO first two nites u leave it on, sound settles down. So thats like 20-30 hours.
post #5 of 11
I believe burn-in is a bit overhyped here......I've never had a headphone change after 100+ hours of burn-in, the way some people claim (some swear certain Senns and AKGs need hundreds of hours of burn in).

Though having said all that, the 595s have been the only cans where I've noticed burn-in. They got less bright and more refined IMO. This all happened during the first 24 hours of use. So just have them run for a full day and you've got some nice cans!
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks AGAIN. After rasing the burn-in question, I realized there is a FAQ sticky (sorry about that). Back to my original dilemma about the want/need for an amp:

I am SO disappointed with the 515s and 280s that I am wondering if my receiver is a POS and an outboard amp would help or if I am just being a gadget junkie.

I use my cans for DVD movies/concerts and Rock/Pop CDs and virtually nothing else...
post #7 of 11
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Thanks AGAIN. After rasing the burn-in question, I realized there is a FAQ sticky (sorry about that). Back to my original dilemma about the want/need for an amp:

I am SO disappointed with the 515s and 280s that I am wondering if my receiver is a POS and an outboard amp would help or if I am just being a gadget junkie.

I use my cans for DVD movies/concerts and Rock/Pop CDs and virtually nothing else...
What kind of stereo is your yamaha? Seperate components? Well it certainly doesn't hurt to try out a headphone amp. If you think your reciever sucks, then I would try plugging a headphone amp right into a seperate CD player. Source makes a bigger difference with the 595 then amp (at least begining amps IMO).
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
No, its a POS Home Theater Receiver that I picked up cheap several months ago...At the time I had no intention of getting back into the aesthetics of stereo, but here I am, once again. I use headphones almost exclusively now, rarely lsitening to speakers.

Will a Little Dot Micro do anything for me or will I just be wasting $70?

THANKS!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
BUMP
post #10 of 11
So what are you using as source.....DVD player or mp3 player? Most DVD players are pretty good transports (especially if you have it connected digitally to your HT reciever). I'd work on that before a headphone amp. Your source can be very revealing on a receiver (even though it may or may not have an adequate headphone amp). If you don't like the 595 after that, come back, and ask for help on an amp!
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Two sources:

Both are DVD players...One I use exclusively for movies (coax digital) and the other for both movies and music CDs (optical digital)...I'm just trying to get the best sound/bang for the buck combo, as anything I spend on stereo $hit might be better spent on chrome for the Harley...If it wasn't cold right now, this would not even be an issue for me...That having been said, I am willing to spend a few bux on indoor activities as long as its not misguided...
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