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Does a headphone amp do the ATH-M50 or Ultrasone HFI 580 justice?

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Im not sure which headphone to get and not sure if a amp would do the headphones good, help please!

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Originally Posted by Kosmik Panda View Post

Im not sure which headphone to get and not sure if a amp would do the headphones good, help please!

no. They are extremely efficient, and do not need one. You can easily run them through macs, PCs, iphone, ipod etc.


Edited by LazBro123 - 1/10/13 at 1:08pm
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Originally Posted by Kosmik Panda View Post

I'm not sure which headphone to get and not sure if a amp would do the headphones good, help please!

Having a good DAC is always a plus with whatever headphone you use.

What source(s) are you going to be plugging the headphones into?

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I would also like to know sense i just bought the ultrasone hfi-580's and i was wondering if i should get a amp, i would be plugging it into my iPod touch and my mac computer/laptop

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The Ultrasone is quite responsive to EQ. I remember my friend who has a DJ1 when he first started this hobby and we hooked it up to a cheap E5, bass boost on and woah! That was some awesome bass performance. Even without the bass boost we still found improvements over bass transient responses.

 

Well for merely $20 even psychological effects would be well worth the money you spent ;)

post #6 of 32

was he using an iPod or mp3?

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Originally Posted by Kosmik Panda View Post

Im not sure which headphone to get and not sure if a amp would do the headphones good, help please!

 

 

The HFI-580 is a good all-rounder headphone.  It is efficient, as others have mentioned, but with an amp it tightens everything up with better impact.

post #8 of 32

but would a cheap amp do a good job or do i have to lay down a hundred dollars

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Originally Posted by Jay Delo View Post

but would a cheap amp do a good job or do i have to lay down a hundred dollars

 

 

This is Head-Fi Jay.

 

You MUST spend a lot of money for great sound.  For the 580s, nothing under 1K would suffice....LOL...JK

 

Rules of Head-Fi- state a budget and go from there.  There are no cheap amps per se.  If your budget is about 60 beans a PA2V2 or E11 would be more than adequate.


Edited by HeatFan12 - 7/15/12 at 10:46pm
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well rite now my budget is like 40 bucks but I'm gonna be saving up

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Nice... Are you familiar with the two I mentioned, or would you like the links?

 

Cheers

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i know about the e11 and i don't realy like the size of that and i will check out the other one

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the pa2v2 doesn't look very well built, I might just buy the fiio e5

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Fair enough.  But you must think a bit about your whole setup.  What is your source?  If it's an iDevice (iPod, iTouch, Nano, iPad, iPhone etc..) you will need an LOD (line-out dock) to get a clean signal and bypass the internal amp of the source.  You must look at your chain as a whole.

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ya it will be out of my iPod touch and i already know which lod i want 

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