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post #1 of 5
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I just bought some sr60's, very nice, to go along with my new 4meg 2g Ipod Nano and have some questions that probably overlap with other boards so please excuse me.

1. Will some kind of headphone amp improve the overall performance of the Grado Ipod combo?

2. I bought an Ipod dock at the local Apple store because it allows line out. I asked the guy at the Apple store if this would give me a higher quality output and he said it was really just to allow an easy connection to a stereo. I come to Hi_Fi from aways back KLM compact stereo system and Pro 4 A headphones, but I always thought that the line out bypassed the volume and tone controls that are associated with headphone out, and that it was the signal that I wanted to amplify. If I can use the headphone out just as well I'll take back the dock because $29 is alot just to have an additional charging option. I want line out....right?

3. Considering the Ipod as my only source and the fact that the sr 60s let in a fair amount of extraneous noise, does the type/kind of amp make that much difference within limits? Can I use my old Bose Stereo system headphone out? Or even the headphone out of a $100 portable stereo I use to power my computer speakers? both of which have EQ's (I also have a 24 band equalizer) or will a dedicated headphone amp be better? Portability is not a big issue because it sounds OK as it is and I would probably use the Ipod and in ear canal plugs if I travel.

Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 5
The answer is yes, no and yes.

1. The SR60 will, and could improve with an amplifier, but to a limited extent. frankly put both the ipod and the SR60 are what can be considered "mid-fi" stuff, so it's not like it would make much sense to use a 500$ cable and a 1K amplifier on them. at most, I would use a 100$ amplifier on that combination.
2. the ipod dock will get you a line out that by passes the ipod's internal amplification. the ipod's headphone out is already amplified.
3. I am not sure if you can really buy a headphone amp in a limited price range that can really (noticeably enough to make it worth it) out do the receiver.... unless I had a much more $ headphone, I wouldn't bother.

PS: frankly, I don't want you spending your $ on things that are just marginal... you can make a lot of progress with the first few hundred $, but if you dump it on cyro docks and cheap amps, you won't get as much sound quality as possible.
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don't want you spending your $ on things that are just marginal... you can make a lot of progress with the first few hundred $, but if you dump it on cyro docks and cheap amps, you won't get as much sound quality as possible.
Great advice.
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by granodemostasa View Post
The answer is yes, no and yes.

1. The SR60 will, and could improve with an amplifier, but to a limited extent. frankly put both the ipod and the SR60 are what can be considered "mid-fi" stuff, so it's not like it would make much sense to use a 500$ cable and a 1K amplifier on them. at most, I would use a 100$ amplifier on that combination.
2. the ipod dock will get you a line out that by passes the ipod's internal amplification. the ipod's headphone out is already amplified.
3. I am not sure if you can really buy a headphone amp in a limited price range that can really (noticeably enough to make it worth it) out do the receiver.... unless I had a much more $ headphone, I wouldn't bother.

PS: frankly, I don't want you spending your $ on things that are just marginal... you can make a lot of progress with the first few hundred $, but if you dump it on cyro docks and cheap amps, you won't get as much sound quality as possible.
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I'm happy with what I have and your overall answer pretty much what I expected so I'm not going to fool with amps or the dock with line out then, and save some bucks cause I really like the headphones

I'm a little confused about the line out thing though. You said no, you mean that even though it bypassed the Ipod amp, since the signal is so poor anyway its not worth buying a dock just to get line out because the phones out in this application is just as good. The guy from Apple was right?

or did you mean
yes,
I could get some benefit from a cheap amp......

yes,
line out is better than phones out

no,
a dedicated headphone amp isn't any better in this application than headphone out of a consumer grade Bose receiver
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