Originally Posted by -=Germania=-
^ You Missed The Point.
They sound good without an amp. Pretty much EVERYTHING sounds better with an amp, no question. The fact of the matter is that those headphones do not DICTATE the use of an amp. They can run off of a soundcard or MP3 player without blowing something up and sound pretty nice.
A HD600 will simply not runn off of an iPod and neigther will an AKG. Ever tried Sextets and an iPod? No, it doesn't make sense to.
The point is here that in this case you already spent $90 on the headphone and a decent amp will cost at least that and much more.
If you don't have the money, then don't spend it. Save and get something that will set you up for a long time.
I'm sorry you feel I missed the point.
and I agree they don't need an amp, but I would recommend it.
Sorry in advance, but you can power HD600's off an iPod. I would........wait for it....recommend an amp though. Especially for higher volumes of course.
When I sold hi-fi gear I could only afford so much a year and I would agree that you should save for something that is going to set you up for a long time. That being said, I can safely say amp's change very little over time. Unlike a receiver/ processor or pre-amp which it seems right after I buy one its out dated, an amp will last you some time.
AAAaaannnyyywaayyy, I agree with Germania that you are not required to have an amp to power or drive those AD700's but it sure does sound a hell of a lot better with one.