Originally Posted by Ari33
Guys, I've never considered an amp to be necessary for any of my Dap/Iem combos as I've always found volume levels to be satisfactory although to be honest I've never actually tried an amp to know if it would actually offer any improvements in any other areas.
I mainly use my excellent Samsung Galaxy 4.2 player (& Neutron), a Sony X-series (I have an LOD for this) and my earphones of choice are usually the TF10, Sony MCH10, & Sony NC020
What else would this amp likely improve other than volume levels?
Also does anyone know the headphone output impedance on this amp?
I used to be like you, I was a super budget 'audiophile' who thought amps as unnecessary. Eventually 'not enough' creeps up on you, and an amp becomes something of a want, but as soon as you get one, it becomes rather a necessity to your rig.
They DO offer great improvement to sound, in my opinion. The BH has offered lots of improvements. It clears up the signal, and increases the soundstage with all switches off is pretty great compared to my iPod Touch straight from the jack. Then the switches come into play, and you're in another world of music ability that no amount of software EQ can do.
There's a VERY good reason why many many head-fiers own (multiple) amps, and if it didn't offer improvement in sound, none of us would spend anywhere between $60 and many thousands of dollars for a dedicated headphone amp. That's a lot of money for a single function device, but it becomes necessary when you find out how limited on board amps really are.
Then there's DACs. lol
Edited by Apo0th3karY - 3/15/13 at 1:13pm