Originally Posted by Palpatine
But there are many of us who would use a great headphone with a portable, not as the main setup, but only because we don't want to be 'chained' to our desk. We realize that we aren't getting the full potential of the phones, but that is not what we are expecting. Sometimes when I get home from work I lay on the couch, which is far away from my equipment. I grab my HD650, and my LD Mk 1 + and listen to a nice piece of music ( like Vangelis' 1492 soundtrack ). Yeah...I could use my HD 25 I II or my Grados unamped... but I still love the sound of the HD650 with my LD portable. Is it as good as my desk amp...no. Does that bother me? No.
Right. I totally get this. My iems sound better with an amp, but I usually don't want to be saddled with one when out and about. They improve even more some desktop amps, but I'm listening to them right now unamped, and I'm happy, though I'm also perfectly aware of the compromises I'm making, and I sometimes I do want to hear them at their best and listen with amp and cdp.
We all make compromises based on budget, purpose, lifestyle, and even mood. I just like to make informed choices, including knowing what compromises I'm choosing, and it's one of my pet peeves when misinformation gets passed down on this board. I'm not saying that's what the op is doing, but from some of the posts in this thread, it seemed to be going this way.