To me personally it makes a very big difference yes. YMMV. I'm not familiar with MP3 players other that the iPod, but using a line out, with lossless files, an amp will make a big difference, yes.
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1/30/09 at 7:08pm
Generally speaking, is it even worth it to get a home-sized headphone amp, if I only have an mp3 player as a source? And if there are amps I can use, about how much can I spend before the mp3 player itself becomes the limiting factor? Thanks for this handy thread, Skylab, I've been wondering about what I'm missing with just a portable setup...
You have a computer, how about playing your CD's or ripping them to flac files and playing them via a USB DAC/AMP?
It also depends on what headphones you have/want and what your MP3 player is.
Does your MP3 player have a line-out or are you limited to the stock headphone socket?
Do you have hard to drive headphones?
I don't know if you will be able to answer this, but was there one amp that really stood out as being a particularly great value in terms of sound quality per dollar?