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Can my computer utilize a 250 ohm headphone?

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or do I need an amp?

 

If any more info from me is required feel free to ask!

 

Thanks in advance

 

P.S sorry if this is this is in the wrong forum!

post #2 of 8

I imagine the output from the PC audio jack, excluding a soundcard, is going to be quite low for a 250 Ohm headphone.  In the end it really depends on the sensitivity of the headphone because even a high impedance headphone with a high sensitivity may sound just fine out of the headphone jack on an on-board card.

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Thread Starter 

thanks for the reply, would you know how the situation for lets say the beyerdynamic dt 770 would be?

 

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thanks for the reply, would you know how the situation for lets say the beyerdynamic dt 770 would be?

 

Poor.

post #5 of 8
It really depends on the specific computer soundcard. I have had computers that could drive a 300 ohm headphone OK (not good - but just OK) and I have also had computers (like my current Dell E6320 laptop) that have very anemic soundcards that can barely drive 40 ohm IEMs.

If it were me, I would plan on getting an amp (a Fiio or Cmoy would probably help), or perhaps a DAC/Amp so you can bypass the computer onboard sound entirely.
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hmmm any suggestions for a decently cheap good amp?

 

I've been looking around the forums but I am completely new to all of this audio stuff!

post #7 of 8

fiio e17 or fiio andes

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Originally Posted by tomsanity View Post

hmmm any suggestions for a decently cheap good amp?

 

I've been looking around the forums but I am completely new to all of this audio stuff!

FiiO E10.

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