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Which desk amp for grado Ps500 ? New DAC or i stay with the Asus Xonar essence st ?

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Hi everybody !

Everything is in the title, i need an amp for my grado because i use it directly in the 6.3 input from my soundcard and i regulate the sound with a little "sound regulator" delivered with my westone 4.

My budget is around 300 € for an occasion product or new i don't really know ..

Another thing, amp lamp are better with this kind of headphone or not ?

Have a nice day ! (sorry if i made some "spelling mistake", 'cause i'm french ..)

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Hi everybody !

Everything is in the title, i need an amp for my Grado because i use it directly in the 6.3 input from my sound card and I regulate the sound with a little "sound regulator" delivered with my westone 4.

My budget is around 300 € for an occasion product or new i don't really know ..

Another thing, amp lamp are better with this kind of headphone or not ?

Have a nice day ! (sorry if i made some "spelling mistake", 'cause i'm french ..)

Vive la France.

 

The Essence ST's built in PCM1792A DAC chip should serve you well.

 

Impedance is resistance, measured in Ohms.

You want the headphone impedance at least 8 times (or more) the impedance of the amplifier driving the headphones

 

The headphone amplifier in the Essence ST has a 10-Ohm impedance and your headphones are 32-Ohm and 31-Ohm.

You want a headphone amplifier with no more then 4-Ohms for better driving of your current headphones.

The O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier, $155, comes with a low .5-ohm impedance, you would plug it into the RCA jacks of the Essence ST (2-channel audio only).

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