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power hungry heaphone vs Low/high gain

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hey guys, I am currently running a Mad Dog hook up with a Nuforce MMP amp. My questions is since I am running this headphone, does it need to be in high gain? I am quiet content with the low gain setting as it push more than enough for volume level. Does High gain offer anything?

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This type of question get asked on a regular basis on this forum and always puzzle me. If you use headphone it is very likely you have a pair of functioning ears so just use the setting that sounds best to you.

If you can't hear a difference just use the setting that allow finer volume  adjustment -lower gain.

On a properly designed amp with good gain structure  there shouldn't be any difference in SQ.

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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post
 

This type of question get asked on a regular basis on this forum and always puzzle me. If you use headphone it is very likely you have a pair of functioning ears so just use the setting that sounds best to you.

If you can't hear a difference just use the setting that allow finer volume  adjustment -lower gain.

On a properly designed amp with good gain structure  there shouldn't be any difference in SQ.

so gain is just simply for volume level? it doesnt push the detail of the sound?

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With my amps changing resistor values/ratios to either increase or decrease circuit gain does not perceivably alter sonics, so long as R values are chosen to remain within component operating parameters of course.  Gain increases are almost always accompanied with a noise floor increase... but that depends on the headphones used and individual circuit, its not a unanimous or across the board thing.

 

Changing tubes or OP amps to higher gain equivalents however can result in different sound signatures.


Edited by kramer5150 - 2/16/14 at 12:11pm
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