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Newbie question about differences in Headphones.

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Hi everyone,

 

I am new to audio everything. I listen to music every chance i get but I always use portable devices from creatives older mp3 player, the very first ipod mini to now my Nexus 5. I mostly listen to korean hip-hop, rnb, acoustic and some pop. I would like to get my hands on a nice set of cans but I don't want to attach an amp or dac to my phone. So my question is will a good pair of headphones make a difference when i listen to music on my Nexus 5 or any pair of headphone would suffice? For comparison if i buy the Sennheiser momentum over-ear will it outshine my current sony piiq marqii's with a straight plug in to my Nexus 5? Will i be even able to tell the differences if i don't have an amp or Dac connected? 

 

Thanks,

xriddler

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Yes, you would definitely hear a difference. If you want to plug the headphones straight into your phone, it's important to get headphones that don't need an amp. The Sennheiser Momentum would fit the bill. It would be best to buy from somewhere with a good return policy in case you are underwhelmed. 

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If I may ask, how can I tell if the certain headphone will not require an amp or DAC to sound good?
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Originally Posted by xriddler View Post

If I may ask, how can I tell if the certain headphone will not require an amp or DAC to sound good?

for amp: if sensiivity is higher than 100 and impedance is lower than 50 ohms, you won't typically need an amp

 

for dac: a bit harder to tell, typically an assumption that typical consumer products have crappy DACs to begin with and you get suggestions to upgrade your DAC. From my experience, as long as the manufacturer of your audio component is a well known maker of audio products (apple, sony...), it is pretty safe to assume your DAC is fine. Otherwise, if you have local audio store to compare and test for yourself whether a different DAC makes your music sound better, it is easier to get an answer there for yourself.

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