Originally Posted by FrostyMMB
How are you using your Tomahawk? From your computer or iPod? Are you running either using a line-out option?
In response to the subject line of the thread: no, amps are not overrated assuming that your ducks are in order when you are building your headphone system. More often than not, an amp will underwhelm when paired with a mediocre source. Upgrade the source to a decent CDP and sometimes that's all it takes to realize what an amp can do for your cans. A good soundcard output into a good DAC as a source could do the same, though I haven't been there.
I'm using the line-out of an iPod primarirly with 320 kbps MP3 VBR. Most high quality stuff there is. Well I mean not the iPod but the encoding. Yeah, I'm thinking of just finding a CDP for my room and using that to listen at home since I have a lot of CDs. Usually those have pretty good preamps. My father had this really old school DVD player that was one of the first video ones. It was a really expensive Sony, well at the time most DVDs were. But it was really nice. I used to listen on it and stuff. And the detail was INCREDIBLE. Straight out of headphone out. I went back this Xmas for winter break to see if I could snag it since I knew he wasnt using it anymore and he said I could have it a month before. ONLY TO FIND OUT HE THREW IT OUT
I was like no. That could have saved me like $150. I was going to compare that to line-out to Toma. But, now that will be postponed.
I def dont know what to do. I love the conveince of the iPod but the quality..... and the inconvenience of an amp doesn't seem to help me. I think I might try a different amp like a Xin or somethin. Ive only heard rave reviews about those, and that is no hype. Especially not after people waiting 3 months furiously for them. I havent given up, just became a lot more skeptical, which I believe is for the better.
Kramer, I agree with you. Trying is believing. I dont think I'm going to pay more than $200 for anything again before I try them out. My previous strategy of $200 budget per component worked great. Got me Etys and HF-1s, but when I started to loosen the belt... well.
Definetly need to start a Montreal Mini Meet. Alliteration! Whoah!