Originally Posted by clem84
I need a new receiver for my home theater. The one I have is like 20 years old :). No joke. The primary uses for the headphones/receiver I'll be buying are console gaming and movies, and it's for the living room. I'm not even sure what a JDS labs ODAC is and what it's supposed to do :). At this point I'm leaning more toward the Yamaha RX-A720 and Hifiman 400. The only question I had is whether or not an amp would have made a noticable improvement in my setup, enough to warrant the purchase. Apparantly that's not the case. I haven't completely made up my mind yet. I'm still looking. Thanks for the suggestions though, always appreciated.
This is the ODAC. http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=46
The amp will make a noticeable difference, and it's probably going to be the most noticeable improvement after getting the headphones. The DAC, I think, is the second most noticeable upgrade. We also like the velour earpads that HiFiMan sells for $10 over the pleather ones that come with the headphones. You definitely should get a new receiver if your old one is that old, but unless you have an amazing surround sound setup, getting an expensive receiver isn't going to do much. It probably won't make the headphones sound better, at least significantly.
Correct me if I'm wrong guys.