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has anyone out there had any experience with accuphase as a
dedicated headphone amp? the new C-2810 preamp looks very interesting.
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Originally Posted by loui29 View Post
has anyone out there had any experience with accuphase as a
dedicated headphone amp? the new C-2810 preamp looks very interesting.
I am a big Accuphase fan - use a DP-77 SACD player to an A-20 Class A power amp for K1000s. That combo using the DP-77's volume control is as good a K1000 rig as I've heard.

I lust after an Accuphase pre, but the prices are a bit dear for me at the moment. That C-2810 looks spectacular, and should do very well with headphones. I did note from the specs, however, that recommended headphone impedance was 8 - 100 ohms which leaves out many of our favorites. I would certainly not spend that kind of money to just use the C-2810 as a dedicated headphone amp. As a state of the art preamp with headphone as a bonus it does make sense.
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I've been using my Accuphase E-204 this evening after viewing the post and for the first time as my headphone amplifier. Connecting my Sennheiser HD600s to the headphone socket sourced by a  Cambridge DACMAGIC and the digital output from my Sonos.

 

I don't use high end amplification usually for my headphones (FIIO E17) but on listening to a couple of tracks found that the music detail, lightness and spaciousness jumped out at me, I didn't realise how good the headphone could actually sound!

 

I don't know how much time was spent in developing the amplifier was spent on the headphone stage, but assumed it was just a token feature like many other integrated amps, but I'm definitely impressed with the results. 

 

Does anyone have similar thought on this or know how much development goes into the headphone stage? I have tried a few low budget headphone staged for cheaper amplifiers and dedicated portable headphone DACs, but they to my ears all sound very similar, The accuphase is very different, much better.

 

Good fun test..

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