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post #16 of 21
You may be right, but saying that your DAC is driving your headphones still isn't accurate. It's the amp in your amp/DAC combo that is driving your headphones.
post #17 of 21
My sounds fine straight out of my Slim-X iMP-350. You just don't have a lot of volume.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by blessingx View Post
Between this and the "has anyone tried converting the HD650 to an open design" thread, I'd really like to know your source for chemical fun cotdt.
eesh. someone needs a head-fi dictionary
post #19 of 21
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as are most DACs today, so an amp is not needed, just like i said.
Nah, this still just isn't true. A lot of the ones coming out of China seem to have a built-in amp, but I bet if you compiled a list of the DACs commonly mentioned on Head-Fi the majority would be plain old DACs.
post #20 of 21
IMHO it sounds best with robust amplification. It'll certainly make noise under-amped, but its no fun like that.
IMHO of course.
post #21 of 21
there are subtle differences resolved when using a headphone amp for the K501s, that being said they do sound ok unamped, but using an amp would further justify its use.

of course your ears may not agree though...
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