This is kind of a follow up to my thread at http://www.head-fi.org/t/608458/integrating-headphone-amp-to-home-cinema-system-pre-power-amp-discussion.
I am the proud owner of some T1s, and I was amazed that people in the thread ^^ suggested plugging them into my receiver output. From what I had read on here, I would have thought it was imperative to have a fancy tube headphone amp, and I'm saving money for one. It's not a question of money although I'm thinking Crack Bottlehead sort of range, not the exotica (unlike the cans).
I'm not talking about subtle differences in sound quality between amps and sources due to colouring and texture, I'm simply interested in being able to drive the phones "adequately" as a base starting point, and an expected big jump from them being driven "inadequately".
From my research, 600ohm cans need a bespoke amp rather than a standard amp output, but 1) someone said the T1s are quite efficient and 2) maybe this is a matter of timbre rather than power.
If anyone can help unconfuse me I'd be most grateful. :)
I'm not opposed to buying an amp, but if it will be a 5% improvement rather than the 50% I would have assumed reading all the raving on here about amps, I will put it on the back burner.
(Disclaimer: Words are ambiguous when talking about music. :))