I'm planning to buy the HD 280 Pro headphones from Sennheiser for Christmas, and was wondering if I need an amp for it. I've heard some people say that the 280 Pros don't need an amp because they're really sensitive? So what should I do, then?
Is it worth buying an amp for the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones? If so, is the FiiO E10 Olympus a suitable amp?
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My two cents is for the HD280 Pro the amplifier is optional, for use with a computer.
I'm guessing the HD280 Pro is a good choice for someone that has no interest in investing into a DAC/Amp.
But usually headphones do improve when used with an add-on DAC/Amp.
The Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27, is a low cost way for trying to improve audio quality with a PC computer.
The FiiO E10 USB-DAC-Amp ($75) is a very easy way for trying to improve audio quality.
The E10's DAC and head amp should be better then whatever is in your motherboard.