So as the title says I have an unamped hd 650 and an age old but at the time high end stereo system(heco speakers with yahama amp) god knows how much it costed.
Recently I bought an asus xonar d2x and the aforementioned 650s. Now I compared the d2x with my pc onboard alc889 and ipod with my stereo system(my headphones arrived later). They both showed the same flaws. In one song there was one particular beat that sounds flat and 2dimensional on the ipod and alc889 whilst the d2x showed full depth and an overall more satisfying sound. When a lot of instuments played the d2x showed nice clarity and seperation to a depth I can't described whilst the ipod and alc889 produced a river of muddy mush.
Now when I tested my speakers and headphones(on my dads denon amp, my d2x in-built amp and my yamaha ax-500 amp) and there was no difference. Now my brother played my stereo a little to loud and smelled rubber and then did it again and again so I guess that explains why those aren't good anymore ^^. But what about the headphones? Are they really that bad without a decent amp? Were my previous tests inaccurate? Did I in some way break my headphones(I played them a little too loud for1sec orso once having them make a horrbile vibration sound, I posted a thread though and the consensus was they should be fine) note though I never really tested the headphones so as far as I know they where never good enough to set my d2x apart from an ipod or alc899? Is anything I am saying even making sense?
Thanks in advance for those willing enought to help