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Amping a Nintendo 3DS?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I own a nintendo 3DS and have noticed that even with the volume all the way up, the headphone output is rather quiet. 

My main headphones I use are grado 225i. These phones have a nice, wide distinct soundstage, so maybe that might be interfering with trying to get a big sound. I would love to get some hd598s as they seem a bit more suitable for gaming.

 

I decided to try and remedy this problem and ended buying an e6 & e11. Well, I love using them with my iphone4 but I noticed I can't get a decent volume out of the 3DS without it also being accompanied by background hiss. Granted it's practically impossible to hear when there's music, but it just sorta bothers me knowing it's there. 

 

Anyone notice the weak amplification from the 3DS? Anyone have any solutions?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11

Don't even bother.  Just use cheaper/more sensitive earphones - trying to amp an output as crappy as the 3DS's will only make it worse.

post #3 of 11

When people talk about headphones that are good for gaming, they tend to mean for competitive FPS play. So, no, I wouldn't bother buying another headphone for gaming on the 3DS.

 

Also: the hissy output of the old DS is a long-standing problem, little surprise the 3DS has it too. But again, wouldn't worry about it too much.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ah, thanks for making sense of it, guys. Didn't realize i was trying to put lipstick on a pig though in retrospect it's very obvious.

post #5 of 11

No need to bother. That is not necessary for using an amp for gaming...

post #6 of 11

Why not just get some other headphones that will run w/o an amp. Amping a poor signal is never a good idea, IMO.

post #7 of 11

Overkill!

post #8 of 11
Just get a Koss KSC75 instead, lol.
post #9 of 11

I'm wondering about this sort of thing also, as i plan on getting a 3DS myself and am also a Gradophile. I don't know much about electronics, so maybe i wont make much sense, but will a portable DAC solve that kind of problem, as it essentially bypasses the original signal?
 

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Duartisimo View Post

I'm wondering about this sort of thing also, as i plan on getting a 3DS myself and am also a Gradophile. I don't know much about electronics, so maybe i wont make much sense, but will a portable DAC solve that kind of problem, as it essentially bypasses the original signal?
 


I don't think I personally know of any kind of a device which would extract a line level signal from the 3ds. There are ways to bypass the internal dac/amp in an idevice through the connecting port (30 pin/ lightning) and computers (USB), but I don't believe this could be done on a 3ds.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by hauntedsounds View Post

Ah, thanks for making sense of it, guys. Didn't realize i was trying to put lipstick on a pig though in retrospect it's very obvious.

Hhaha lipstick on a pig...that's a good way of putting it

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