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Would purchasing a headphone amp just for Spotify make a difference?

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I have a premium account on Spotify (320kbps), playing from my iMac, with Audio Technica M50s, but would a headphone amp boost the quality?

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From what I've read, M50s don't need an amp to sound their best.  Any differences would likely be very marginal.
 

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Originally Posted by Crispy808 View Post

From what I've read, M50s don't need an amp to sound their best.  Any differences would likely be very marginal.
 

Having them with an amp I'd actually have to disagree. It's tightened up the lower end quite a bit as well as gave them a more forward sound.

 

Just my personal experience. Running mine from an E17.


Edited by Gnomeplay - 11/29/12 at 1:17am
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An amp will always increase the quality of sound no matter what phones you have, though this is to varying degrees. however please be careful, because one you fall in love with your setup, it gets so hard to resist the constant upgrade urge once you hear 'hifi' for the first time.

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I think here it's more about adding a DAC  (like the Fiio E10/17 are) than an amp. This could, I guess, give him a better Hifi sound? 

 

I am actually in the same position, but for a PC with an integrated chip (ATH M50 also). :)

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I think here it's more about adding a DAC  (like the Fiio E10/17 are) than an amp. This could, I guess, give him a better Hifi sound? 

 

I am actually in the same position, but for a PC with an integrated chip (ATH M50 also). :)

 

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Originally Posted by Gnomeplay View Post

Having them with an amp I'd actually have to disagree. It's tightened up the lower end quite a bit as well as gave them a more forward sound.

 

Just my personal experience. Running mine from an E17.

HI,

I agree with these two, an amp wouldn't really make a difference. However, a DAC will allow you to get "cleaner" sound. I would suggest a fiio, such as th E7/10/17 but if you wanted an amp go for a FiiO E9/E09k

 

GLHF,

 

Andre 

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