Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Amp/Dac headphones newbie please help
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Amp/Dac headphones newbie please help

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, 

      First off I'd like to introduce myself, I'm Mason from Boston. I'm very new to the audio world. I've went thru a few pairs of headphones from beats, Bose, B&W. and some how I'm just not content. Until now I realized theres a really high end market for premium headphones as well as amps. All this is too much to digest the terms the jargon etc. Well WHat I'm looking or hoping to attain is a nice pair of headphones and amp. I've been looking at the Audeze LCD 2 or HE-500. and woo audio fireflies or Schiit audio. I guess my real question is do i need a headphone amp specific to attain the sound quality from these headphones? Or can i just use my home audio amp. I have a old marantz amp, if properly set up can i use that to drive my headphones? Or if I get the Schitt amp and dac would i be able to drive my speakers with them? sorry for such a long post any comments advice would be highly helpful ;)

post #2 of 10

Your marantz, how old and what model? That can be very important in valueing whether it is worth to use as amp. What do you listen to, what do you want in sound?

 

Schiit amp/DAC will not drive passive speakers except the schiit ragnarok.

post #3 of 10

I would say to try any new headphone with the Marantz first, see how it sounds.

You can always get a DAC/Amp at a later date.

What is the make and model of the Marantz?

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi guys thanks for the feedback the receiver is a marantz SR8200. I was thinking if instead of investing in a headphone amp what if I put that into a new Amp where I can use also for my home audio with a headphone output.. Would that work as well?
post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by panersche View Post

Hi guys thanks for the feedback the receiver is a marantz SR8200. I was thinking if instead of investing in a headphone amp what if I put that into a new Amp where I can use also for my home audio with a headphone output.. Would that work as well?


How much would you spend for a new amplifier (or receiver?)?

What sources current feed into the Marantz?

post #6 of 10
You might want to hang out in this thread - these guys know receivers and headphones: http://www.head-fi.org/t/537704/calling-all-vintage-integrated-receiver-owners
post #7 of 10

I doubt the receiver is old enough to have a proper headphone out. I think you should use something other than the receiver. The only not too expensive solution for headphone amp and speaker amp is going for a good vintage receiver.

 

Else, you can get a not over the top powerful speaker amp and use it with something like the HE-500, HE-4 or HE-5le from the speaker taps (require custom cable btw).

See, that could be pretty darn good.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks for some of the clarification guys you've been much helpful sorry for the late response been busy with general life lol. 

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm going to pass on the marantz to a friend. gives me perfect excuse to start fresh and looking to score new fresh gear haha. 

post #10 of 10

Great, be sure to report back if you buy anything

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Amp/Dac headphones newbie please help