I had dipped my toes into the idea of going to a head-fi setup, but when I started to really dive in, my love of full size gear/speakers won out and I placed headphone listening on the back burner.
One of the reasons this happened, though, was because I discovered that different HP types/ones of different impedance values, all seem (from my not fully educated point of view) to require their own amplifiers, with different gain structures. Then you have balanced HPs that require a different amp (or two) on top of that.
IMO HP amps aren't cheap to buy, and when I considered the cost of buying a couple amps, DACs, and a handful of 'phones, I was right back to the standard system I had already been building. It was a lot of cash to put up for an idea that I wasn't 100% sold on, just to see if I liked it as a permanent/semi permanent way to listen (as an alternative to my current home setup).
However, I did not really continue to educate myself on HPs or HP amps.so I never really found out if there was a "hidden gem" out there that would do great powering everything from the most sensitive IEMs, all the way to the hardest to drive orthos.
Perhaps such a mythical beast doesn't exist, but I figured that if it does, then the experts here could tell me what options were available.
Thanks in advance, :)
Edited by painted klown - 9/16/13 at 4:15pm