Thanks all! So, technically, there's no real difference between them.
I thought stereo amps use a resistor for their headphone port? Because the signal they generate is too powerful to output directly to headphones, or something like that. Maybe that doesn't really affect sound quality.
Found this on the subject, quite an interesting read, though it's mostly based on opinions rather than hard facts: http://www.avforums.com/forums/headphones-headphone-amps/157992-headphone-amp-vs-stereo-amp-my-thoughts-advice-long.html
Judging by what you guys say here, and what's said in that thread, I suppose I don't need a dedicated headphone amp since I have a headphone out on my fairly decent amp. The funny thing is that TEAC makes a "headphone amp" to complement my amplifier, see: http://www.teac.eu/hifi-audio/reference-series/h-01/ud-h01/ ... it's got a better DAC, but aside from that I have no idea what the difference in performance between the two would be, apart from marketing terms (and XLR).
Originally Posted by proton007
Second Answer: I don't see why not.
Any ideas for how I'd wire the two devices together? To me it doesn't look like I can sidestep the amplification stage of the A-H01 to use it just as a DAC for a dedicated amp :/
Edited by mstark - 1/3/13 at 4:50am