So I've had my lovely AKG K 272 HD for about an year now and have enjoyed them all the time. Still, I suspect I'm not enjoying them to their full extent, as my source is a Realtek AC'97 chipset on a cheap laptop. They do get loud, but I suppose I'm not wrong if I say that the amount of juice that the headphones suck from the headphone jack isn't the only thing that accounts for great eargasms. My source needs an upgrade. Since the cans are easy to drive power-wise (91dB/mW, 55 Ω) I'm planning on starting with just the Nuforce µDAC 2 as both DAC and amp. The last time I felt an easily audible difference in sound was when I changed from the same Realtek chipset to an Asus Xonar DX-XD (sold that whole system, now stuck with laptop). The Audio Pro Stage 44 speakers opened a new world to me then. I heard faint instruments that didn't exist on the same files earlier, felt punchier explosions, and had much more life in human voices. Should I be noticing about he same things with this change to a decent source, perhaps even a better 'amp', or am I just dreaming when I think my headphones are 'bottlenecked' on my current hobo set-up?
Edited by pocketrocket - 9/23/10 at 1:46am