You, sir, have just won several Internets.
That doesn't work. With very few exceptions, almost everyone winds up with something that is completely irreverent.
My eternal love.
Well I'll trade with you because I know you :)
I'm actually actively trying to avoid it, since a lot of custom titles are something of the equivalent of getting put in the dunce hat. Hence talking about the candles thing, I'm applying reverse psychology. If they think I want it, they won't give it to me, and I'm thus saved from having to answer a billion PMs asking what it means.
Unfortunately, by explaining all this in this post, of course I'm tipping them off. Gah! Things were so simple before Head-Fi! And headphones in general, really. Sometimes I swear they're the curious tools of a highly sadistic alien race, since once enthusiasts clamp the first one on their head, they usually spend a considerable portion of their lives (and their income) keeping them there.
You see the problem with this all is, I'm quite a clever guy, and I'm sure Currawong is too, and I have seen the reverse psychology blatantly coming from about a week ago already. Its too obvious. :P Nice try though
Suits the whole end of the world. Its easily identifiable. and just frikken epic.
My vote goes here.
Matrix M-stage new for $165... tempted to buy. Need something decent now that my father has jacked his Marantz 2270 back.
Either that or save up for the next 4 months and use a crappy Onkyo to power my D7000 and get an AudioGD Master 8.
Denons are fairly easy to power, but I know that I can live without an amp for something that is easy to power. But with that said, I think almost everything sounds better amped. M-Stage for $165 is still a steal for the capabilities of the amp. Or you can just get a Schiit Mjolnir and be over with amp searching for a long, long time
I used to have a Denon Receiver ($600) and now another $600 Yamaha Receiver downstairs. Price on these units don't corelate to SQ of course and I have also never tried either way.Too builky to lug upstairs and connect and get working.
I've always read that receivers don't tend to have great headphone outputs since a lot of them just tap into and pad down the output from the power amp section. My experience pretty much agrees with this, though of course my stable of receivers is a tiny sample and probably isn't representative of the whole picture.
I've got two vintage models (a Kenwood KR-6030 and a Cambridge Audio Model 2500) and a circa-2000 Philips HT receiver. The Kenny matches very poorly with my DT880 (hissy output and bloated, loose bass--probably an impedance mismatch) but does okay with my SRH440 (44 ohms vs 250 ohms for the DT880). Both reveal the slightly warm tint and relaxed treble of the Kenny's sound.
It's difficult to say how well either does with the Cambridge on account of its filter caps being completely shot, resulting in a constant buzz in the background. Interestingly, despite the buzz, the Cambridge had excellent synergy with a modified Grado SR225i, and much headbanging resulted. The Cambridge has a "fun" sound (slightly boosted midbass and treble).
The Philips does okay with both my headphones, but it's kind of nondescript sounding, with slight roll off at both ends and a seeming lack of dynamics. I'd say it's the most neutral sounding pairing, but also the most boring and least engaging. It's also not very powerful, requiring a lot more volume to get the DT880 up to a reasonable level.
Was any of this relevant? Probably not, but I said it, and we're supposed to be off topic now that Doh!cember has been suggested, so there you go.
tl;dr: Receivers probably aren't quite as bad for headphones as their reputation suggests, but overall you're still better off getting something designed specifically for headphones. Some receivers have dedicated headphone amp sections, but I haven't come across one of those personally.
I like this one! We can actually make our own realistic avatars that way and look both super cool and dumb doing so Dibs on using my headphones as glasses and contemplating if I should insert my IEMs into my nose LOL