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Amp Recommendation for Shure SRH-1440

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Title pretty much says it all, but to be more specific, Shure 1440 owners, what amplifier do you use and what would you recommend? My budget is around $350 (USD), I normally listen to a lot of classical, as well as 70s/80s rock. Looking for an amp that can cure its slight sibilance and boost the low end slightly for rock songs (basically a warm amp). I am currently looking at the Little Dot mkiv amp or the Darkvoice 336c, and if anyone has any experience with them please do give your opinions on their synergy, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 

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Title pretty much says it all, but to be more specific, Shure 1440 owners, what amplifier do you use and what would you recommend? My budget is around $350 (USD), I normally listen to a lot of classical, as well as 70s/80s rock. Looking for an amp that can cure its slight sibilance and boost the low end slightly for rock songs (basically a warm amp). I am currently looking at the Little Dot mkiv amp or the Darkvoice 336c, and if anyone has any experience with them please do give your opinions on their synergy, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 

 

Heya,

 

The SRH1440 is low impedance, and sensitive. Not an ideal match with OTL amps like you've selected. I'm thinking M-stage for you, based on what you've described, or even the Lyr.

 

The reality is though, this headphone needs little, repeat, little, amplification, and even then it's mostly just to have a consistent quality source signal, not for actual driving of the headphone because it's very efficient. A humble Fiio E10 would do what you're looking for actually. But again, see the M-stage and Lyr for more what you've described that will work with an efficient headphone like this.

 

Very best,

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Hmm, thanks for the quick reply! What if I threw in the HE-400 into consideration? What amps would be recommended, preferably under $350?

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Heya,

 

The HE400 is also an efficient (sensitive) and low impedance headphone. It too is not a good match for an OTL tube amp (these amps are generally high voltage and low current output, made for high impedance matching; they function with lower impedance headphones, but matching them that way is putting them at their lowest performance, as they are meant to perform at a peak level, which is always higher impedance (usually between 200+ and 600 ohms). The HE400 doesn't need hardly any voltage, it's low impedance, but it greatly benefits from high current, which an OTL at that impedance does not provide at all. Again, the same amps come to mind. The M-Stage, Lyr, etc. In general, any solid state amplifier, or hybrid tube (Lyr is hybrid), but not most OTL tubes.

 

Very best,

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Thanks! I think I would go for the Matrix M-Stage in that case, it seems to be of great value for money and the Lyr seems way too far out of my budget

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Hi guys, can anyone speak on the quality of these phones when powering straight from a computer?

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