Have you AB'd material with your hard to drive headphones when 'unamped' vs 'amped'? I have, multiple times.
For your info my signal chain is as follows : M-Audio ProFire 610 => Meier Audio Corda Arietta => Akg K-702
After switching the Arietta in/out of my signal chain, I have only noticed a slight warmth being added in the lower-mids with the Arietta. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on my mood, and what I am listening to.
What IS bad though, is that there is such a small difference between my unamped and amped headphone.
Now when I first bought the amp, I of course thought it improved my sound etc. Well, talk about placebo.
I have now had it for a few months, and decided to AB once more. After several days of this I have concluded it may not be worth the $ I thought it was.
Searching this up on the internet seems to contradict my thoughts, eg. "You really need an amp to realize its potential etc." <= What does this statement even really mean? What is this 'potential' everyone speaks of? Mine sound virtually the same unamped.
What have you guys heard, personally, after AB tests on multiple material?
Edited by senjy - 10/30/11 at 12:02am