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PS audio GCHA under power for sennheiser HD800?

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Hi My current setup is PC FLAC Files>PS Audio GCHA via USB input>HD800 and most of the time I need to turn the volume control pass the 3 o'clock position to get sufficient volume. Volume control on my PC and media player are at 100%. Is this normal for this amp?  is it my source? or is the amp just doesn't have enough power?

post #2 of 6

Interested to know this as well ...

 

post #3 of 6

But at 3 o'clock you are getting the volume you need or not really?  Does the knob go to say 6 or 7 o'clock to reach max volume?  Just asking for my own education.  

 

Some guy on this forum said he liked a similar set up (HD800 + PS amp) as yours but not much detail in the post other than he likes the combo.  Looks like he is using a Benchmark DAC as well and maybe you are using a sound card.

http://www.avguide.com/forums/ps-audio-gcha-headphone-amp-desktop

 

 

 

Good luck


Edited by WNBC - 3/28/11 at 8:54am
post #4 of 6

The PS Audio isn't a high gain amp.  I have to turn the knob to 1 o'clock to get normal listening levels with my MB Quart QP400 (300 Ohms) & AKG K271.  It's a nice amp, I not for the HD800.  I like the amp with my Sony MDR-SA5000.  It's smooth out the sharp highs.  I also like it with my Denon D7000.

post #5 of 6

I know that this is an old thread but, i had to chime in. I have the GCHA and although it makes for a good amp/dac combo it is not high power. any orthodynamic phones I pair it with the amp struggles.

post #6 of 6

I sold my gcha. I am thinking of the Musical Fidelity M1 HPA. 

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