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Portable AMP for 52 ohm Headphones? Are they all just over exaggerating?

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So I own Sennheiser HD380 and even though it's only 52 Ohm and I think about 110 db sensitivity, I am happy with the sound. It's loud enough. I use mostly iPhone5 as source.

 

Now ... people that buy FiiO E12, Fiio E10 and other small AMPs just rave about how they 32-52 ohm headphones started sounding so much better once run through an amp.

 

Is it true or are they imagining things that are not there?

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Probably both. The i5 has great sound. Can't hurt to amplify it though with a good a amp.

Sent from my SM-N9005
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It really depends on the headphones. Some 32 ohm headphone still react massively to an amp while others do not. It boils down to the drivers, some need more current, even with low ohms, some don't. There is as well the law of diminishing returns. The right amp might push your headphones from 98% to 100% of the possible audio quality. For some it's worth it and makes all the difference, for some it doesn't.

Also, it depends from which device you are running your headphones. Some PCs/Macs have great audio components and amps, some have simply not enough power even for low ohm headphones. There are a lot of variables....
Edited by Koolpep - 12/3/13 at 7:45pm
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