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Audio Technica's and external amps?

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Hey guys, I am currently using a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990's + Xonar Essence STX with swapped op Amps. I have been looking at getting a Burson Audio HA-160 to amplify them. However I have also been harking back to my Old Audio Technica Ad-700's and just how comfortable they were. I know they don't sound as good as My DT-990's so I would probably get an adh-900 or 1000 model. What I would like to know is, is there any point buying an external Amp for the Audio Technica range as they are so easy to run?

Are gains in Audio quality when swapping to a really good amp greater for a higher impedence model?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 10

The Essence STX wouldn't be optimal for Audio-Technica headphones because of its output impedance. Though I don't see much point in spending so much on a Burson.

 

You could probably say that the gains of a good amp are greater for low impedance headphones. Amps usually have more trouble feeding an undistorted signal to low impedance loads. While even a fairly low quality amp might have inaudible distortion with high impedances, it could have audible distortion with low impedances. A high quality amp should have inaudible distortion with both. We're talking a big difference in quality, though. Even fairly basic amps like Fiios can keep distortion at or near inaudible levels with 15 ohm loads, let alone 32 ohm loads.

 

Whatever you buy, if you're buying it for Audio-Technicas, get low output impedance and low THD+N. They don't need a lot of power.

post #3 of 10

Your Essence STX with swapped OP amps should drive almost anything to it's potential

 

Only a few select models will push it beyond what it is capable of :-

 

Think Senn HD800, HiFiMan HE-6, Beyer T1 - a few on here drive their LCD-2 from the Essence STX too.

 

Plenty of people also like it with the AKG K701.

 

You'll be fine with anything from Audio Technica. Higher end amps may sound more refined

but is it worth the money to you?

 

Recommend you audition the Burson in the flesh before buying it, I briefly considered it and

when I saw it, touched it and heard it ~ that all changed, it's far too dark and warm and that

stepped volume control is just woeful. Expect machining marks on some units too.


Edited by Gwarmi - 10/15/11 at 10:35pm
post #4 of 10

Sennheiser HD800 and Beyerdynamic T1 should be fine out of an Essence STX. Higher impedances perform better on it.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Guys, think I will just just swap out my headphones for Audio Technicas then, can spend the cash on graphics cards instead ;). Given I live in Australia I may one day be near by to a store with the Burson and try them out.


Edited by Mono Indeed - 10/15/11 at 10:49pm
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Thanks Guys, think I will just just swap out my headphones for Audio Technicas then, can spend the cash on graphics cards instead ;). Given I live in Australia I may one day be near by to a store with the Burson and try them out.



Are you in Melbourne?

 

If so, Addicted to Audio in Kew have one for audition Monday to Friday along with just about anything else.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Tasmania but I head over To Victoria pretty regularly.

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Yeah check out www.addictedtoaudio.com.au you can get free shipping to Tasmania I think.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top bloke - George at Addicted to Audio - good retailers like him are rarer than hen's teeth. 

 

I've bought an Arcam rDAC from him, headphone spares and (tomorrow!) a Violectric V200

 

Each time, he allows full auditioning and drives a great price all with local distributor warranty.

 

A real winner when you consider up until now we've had to just buy online or bend over

backwards to the whims of high end HiFi stores who don't care for headphone sales.

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Originally Posted by Mono Indeed View Post

Hey guys, I am currently using a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990's + Xonar Essence STX with swapped op Amps. I have been looking at getting a Burson Audio HA-160 to amplify them. However I have also been harking back to my Old Audio Technica Ad-700's and just how comfortable they were. I know they don't sound as good as My DT-990's so I would probably get an adh-900 or 1000 model. What I would like to know is, is there any point buying an external Amp for the Audio Technica range as they are so easy to run?

Are gains in Audio quality when swapping to a really good amp greater for a higher impedence model?

 

Thanks.



I recommend these to you as upgrades over your current sound-card, the second one has just been announced, and will suit your Audio Technica nicely:

 

 

Asus Xonar Essence ONE - http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_Essence_One/

 

Audio Technica HA70USB - http://www.audio-technica.co.jp/products/dj-plus/at-ha70usb.html

 

 

 

 

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