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post #16 of 24

And don't forget your idea of the E7/E9 combo.  That seems like a very versatile combination. If you ever wanted to use very low impedance IEMs, you just use the E7, because it has a very low output impedance.  I'm going to consider this combo too.

post #17 of 24

Here's an article on altering the effective output impedance of an amp: http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/tipstricks.htm

(and as you can see, you CAN reduce the output impedance by placing a resistor in parallel with the headpones - I was wrong about that)

Placing resistance either in series, or in parallel, will reduce the available drive though.

 

Greg.


Edited by skip129 - 12/26/11 at 5:31pm
post #18 of 24

FWIW, here's a 100 ohm adaptor: http://www.zombie-x.com/zxamateurcablesrev2/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=199  

 

(sorry - I don't know anything about the surround audio stuff)

 

Greg.

post #19 of 24
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FWIW, here's a 100 ohm adaptor: http://www.zombie-x.com/zxamateurcablesrev2/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=199  

(sorry - I don't know anything about the surround audio stuff)

Greg.

Why do I need this adapter again?
post #20 of 24

The adaptor may, in theory, change the frequency response of your headphones - it may make it closer to what the Beyerdynamic engineers designed the headphones to sound like.  As I said, Beyer's own headphone amp - the A1, has an output impedance of 100 ohms, wheres all these amps we have been discussing have a much lower output impedance.  Just for example, looking at the impedance vs frequency plot for your headphones, I would predict that all these amps would produce less bass than the Beyer A1 amp, which in turn means that the sound you hear may not be as accurate as it would be if you were using the A1 amp, which we can assume is optimised for Beyer's headphones.

 

It's simple to increase the impedance, though. Just plug in that adaptor. The downside is that the maximum volume will decrease, however IMHO the STX, NFB-12, and E9 would all still have more than enough volume - even with this adaptor. (I have calculated it properly, as accurately as I can. I have assumed a 114dB peak SPL, which is very loud, and all should be able to exceed that)

 

Greg.


Edited by skip129 - 12/26/11 at 5:49pm
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
I never seen anyone use an adapter to their amp like that. I am really turned off about getting the Beyers now since it's too much work to get them right. It's ******** man I tell ya. I am getting the headphones and the NFB-12 and that's it. I am done with this ****.
post #22 of 24

The adaptor is not essential. It won't make a HUGE difference. It is just to get the most out of those very high quality headphones. The headphones will still be very good WITHOUT the adaptor.   I'm sorry for overwhelming you with information - I did not want to do that.

 

Greg.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
It's alright bro, I appreciate your help and I might get them later but now I just have to order the headphones and the dac/amp
post #24 of 24

Good luck, and I'd appreciate your opinion when you've had a listen.........

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