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cheapest amp that works for all of these sets?

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newbie here, also new to the forums. i have found a couple headsets that i would be interested in. although it looks like i will need to collect a few in order to find out which one suits me best. The sets listed below are the ones i found on google that are decent for music production. now what i need is to know if there is an AMP in the price range of 500-800 that would work full performance with all of the listed headphones or would i need to go over the $800 budget. i dont think i would end up collecting all of the sets listed below but will more likely collect the ones with the wider freq resp. range first.

 

$56 - Audio Technica ATHM40FS Precision Studio Headphones

$69 - Fostex RP T40RP

$80 - Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

$104 - Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Headphones

$115 - M-Audio Studiophile Q40 Closed-back Dynamic Headphones

$149 - Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Earphones (Black)

$178 - Sony MDR7509HD Professional Headphone

$199 - AIAIAI: TMA-1

$204 - Denon AHD2000 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones

$250 - German Maestro GMP 8.35 D Monitor Headphone

$250 - beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Headphones
(250 ohms)

$259 - AKG K702 Open Back Headphones

$279 - AKG K 242 HD High-Definition Headphones

$335 - AKG K701 Studio Headphones

$390 - Denon AH-D5000 Reference Headphones

$415 - Sennheiser HD 650 Lightweight Open-Air Dynamic Audiophile Headphone

$442 - Ultrasone PRO 900 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones

 

 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE (more interested in the replies that are newbie friendly readable & understandable)

post #2 of 6

I would say, from DIY style choices -> Dynalo, CK2III, M3
Not as familiar with the newer commercial offerings, but the Headamp gilmore lite + dps should do the job well. 

This is all in the range of 500 or less. I'm not familiar with the stuff past this price range.

 

Do consider the possibility of spending a bit less of the 800 budget on the amp, to also factor in a DAC for source.

 

I can't say however, that I'm familiar with all your headphones. Particularly the Fostex RP T40RP, they might be power hungry.  None of the headphones, from a quick glance, seem to be extremely efficient ones, but I'm unsure if you have any that are extremely inefficient.  If it's the case that you have headphones on both ends, then an amp with switchable gain would be most ideal, or compromising for a gain setting around the mid-lower end (4 - 6 ? ).


Edited by LostOne.TR - 11/14/10 at 3:51am
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i dont see the "Headamp gilmore lite" for sale on the product page unless i missed it -> http://www.headamp.com/order/index.htm

 

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also is there any audio/sound cards that are as good to power all of those?

 

i notice this sound card here has an AMP.

 

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
  •  Virtual 7.1 Channels
  •  24-bit 192KHz
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV100
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 118 dB Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio 124dB for Front-out 110dB for Headphone-out dB

Edited by cutflow - 11/14/10 at 1:11pm
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The Gilmore Lite is no longer in production as of last March, but they show up fairly regularly on the FS forums. 

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Originally Posted by logwed View Post

The Gilmore Lite is no longer in production as of last March, but they show up fairly regularly on the FS forums. 



is there another solution for one unit that can power all of those sets?

 

what about a pc sound card?

post #6 of 6

A pc sound card is not going to be adequate. They will make sound, but it won't be particularly good sound.

I own the HD 650 and AKG 702 and run them both off a SOHA II.

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