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What tracks make the case for an amp for you?

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I'm looking at getting a new pair of hp in the near future... not sure... maybe he-400 / ad900 / something like a bastard child of the bottom of the m50's and the top of the sr60's - good bottom and open top end.  Still searching on that one...

 

So, the m50's and sr60's don't sound too bad unamped to me - but are there some tracks, in the $ range of headphones that I'm looking at, that would tell me that 'you need an amp'?  I'm getting older and can't split my eardrums anymore... basshead.gif  I'll probably have it hooked up to my xfi titanium hd card full time.

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I've been listening to a lot of Neil Young's Psychedelic Pill after buying it recently. Track 2, the title track, "Psychedelic Pill" is extremely amp-dependent because it uses alot of L-R fading tricks that play a lot on sound stage and tonal accuracy. I've had a different experience hearing this track on solid state (where the soundstage effects were trippy to perfection) and tube amp (where the soundstage/fade effects were not nearly as evident) and the song even sounded different when I tube rolled as well. Of all the tracks I've heard that played differently on different amps, or even tubes, this is it. It's a track that's extremely sensitive to soundstage and accuracy. 

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