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I own this DAC , do i need an amp

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Hi there ,

 

I currently own this DAC along with a pair of he-300

 

I plan on buying another pair of headphones such as the he-500 or something else that will probably be harder to drive

 

My question is , DACs are probably all different , but i have a feeling mine has good amplification , the only thing the website mentions about this DAC is "2 high power 1/4" headphone outputs" , are they already amped enough , they seem pretty loud at 30% volume , or will i definitely need an amp no matter what DAC i own

 

Thanks !


Edited by Kh3naz - 1/26/14 at 6:38pm
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going to bump this because it took 24h to get posted and never had any visibility

post #3 of 6

It doesn't even list the output power at any impedance, so there's really only only one way to find out: buy the headphone and try it on that audio interface.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you for replying ,

 

I just did some more digging around and came across this :

 

Maximum Output Level : Headphone: 350mW/channel @ 50Ω

 

Is any of you able to give me an idea of how much power this is

 

Thank you so much

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Kh3naz View Post
 

Thank you for replying ,

 

I just did some more digging around and came across this :

 

Maximum Output Level : Headphone: 350mW/channel @ 50Ω

 

Is any of you able to give me an idea of how much power this is

 

Thank you so much

 

It's still not clear enough. "Maximum" can mean peak short-term (ie, bursts for peaks in the music) or the maximum continuous output. If it's the first, then maybe it makes 175mW at 50ohms, hopefully at 0.1% distortion or less. We also don't know if it's better at current or voltage, and I think the HE-500 can use plenty of both. That might be loud for a dynamic driver HE-300 but we won't really know how it does with a planar magnetic HE-500.

 

That said if you can afford an amp and the HE-500, then the worst that can happen is that you need to buy an amp, so if you really plan on getting that headphone on top of what you have, I'd say go with it. If you think there's something lacking in the sound then check back in here. Mind you a lot of people won't hear the difference between a clean enough (not necessarily fantastic) Class A/B amp and, say, a good Class A amp in terms of finesse and PRAT; some will even note that the Class A amp isn't as good (because chances are it has less output power).

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Great, thanks

 

I'm not sure what i'm going to do , my girlfriend dropped the he-300 and the magnet popped out and teared the diaphragm , i managed to patch it temporarily but i still hear a very slight buzz at certain frequencies, noticeable during a frequency sweep , it's fine right now but i'm sure it will only get worse. Anyways i wanted to get an upgrade but this might end up costing a lot with an amp , i have a lot of reading to do on these forums !

 

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