Hi, I'm JJ and this is my first post here on the forum.
I'm trying to determine which headphones to ask Santa to bring me for Christmas.
At home - I'll be hooking up to my Cary SLI-80 tube amp. But I travel for work on occasion, and I'd like to be able to bring my headphones along for listening or watching movies at night.
On the road - my source will be my ipad or iphone5.
I see both the Beyerdynamic 880s' (32 ohm) and HiFiMan HE400's say they're capable of running from an iphone.
My question is... how well? Does anyone here actually do that?
I am trying to avoid dragging an amp along to use on the road... but if neither would sound good direct from the iphone headphone jack, I'd want to go with something small like a FiiO or similar slim portable amp.
So there it is:
1) Which headphone would sound better from an iDevice. Rock, pop, jazz primarily.
2) Can I get by without an amp? If not, which 'phones would work better with a slim cheapie - like the FiiO E11? Other amp recommendations for pocket use?
3) keep in mind I've got the tubes and a Rega Planet at home for high quality source and amplification. I can handle a little lower quality when I'm on the road. I don't want to invest a fortune into a portable setup.
Thanks all for your advice!