Originally Posted by yokken
I'm talking about the entire setup in general. DAC, amp, and headphones themselves. It's like you're saying unless you can afford to fully amp a pair of headphones, don't get them at all. I think that's just ridiculous.
I don't want to sound like I'm attacking anyone here, because I'm not. I just don't like the general tone of some people in here right now. Why should somebody be told not to purchase an excellent pair of headphones that they can use with a modest amp, just because they won't sound their best? Like I said, I haven't heard any stories of clipping damaging a headphone, and maybe I just haven't heard any yet. I'm sure it's possible. But if somebody can't afford to drop $280 on a pair of DT880s, $150 on an ODAC and $250 for an Asgard 2, should they not get the DT880s at all? I just don't know why there's so much animosity towards underpowering headphones. It's like definitively telling people to go big or go home.
Sometimes I'll read my own posts back and it does sound preachy or even boisterous, I have a tendency to be blunt but mean nothing by it. We may all have our differences but I'd quite happily share a beer with any of you good head-fi folks.
I wouldn't say it's useless to consider a headphone if you can't afford the very best amp and DAC for it, I do think acquiring this over time is half the enjoyment and learning process. All I really keep hitting on is that rather than buying a demanding phone and a portable amp, buy an easier to power phone for your portable. Or a decent desktop amp with a power hungry phone and use something else entirely for on the go. Generally when I'm on the go I'm driving so I don't care much for a mobile setup, I just use a pair of IEMs direct from my phone/Zune.
Also while an O2 with a DT880 will sound okay you get those people that have only heard this setup and then argue the point there is no need for an OTL tube amp for instance, without actually comparing it.