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Hi guys,

I just joined the forum. I use a Grado SR60 Headphone. Just wonder if using a Headphone Amp will improve the sound quality of the headphone. I play Diablo3 and I listen to music. Also which Headphone Amp will be a good fit for SR60?

Thanks.

prum555

post #2 of 9

Hey prum! Welcome to headfi and sorry about your wallet! I think that's the saying around here. I just joined recently myself.

 

It might help to mention a few things before people recommend amps for you:

 

Do you prefer portable/desktop?

Price range?

What kind of music do you listen to?

What kind of sound signature do you like (lots of bass, bright treble, ect.)

 

I'm not yet that experienced yet either but it seems you'll get much better responses if you give more details on what you're looking for.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Congle.

I am looking for a Desktop Headphone Amp. Don't like to running around the house with a pair of SR60. Lol.

One thing I am not sure is of using a Semiconductor or Tube Headphone Amp. I think I can spend up to $200 for

a Tube one. Actually will there be a huge difference between them?

For Music I listen to Jazz, Classics, R&B and R&R too.

For Sound Signature I prefer more in the middle with bass.

Looking forward if someone can give me some advise.

prum555

post #4 of 9

I think you can get more for your money by spending that 200$ budget on a better headphone.

post #5 of 9
What kind of source are you using now for your Grados? Grados are generally easy to drive, and a $200 headphone amp may or may not provide the boost in SQ you would expect. Really depends more on what your source is.

For amps, consider the Schiit Magni or Schiit Vali. These are both excellent amps for the money. The Magni is solid state, whereas the Vali is a hybrid tube/solid state. With 32 ohm headphones like the Grados, a hybrid is the way to go for any tube sound as full tube amps generally do not have a low enough impedance output for 32 ohm headphones.

If you want a very good DAC to go with them, the Schiit Modi is excellent as well.
post #6 of 9
I use SR80i with an O2 and the result is fuller-bodied treble and a little larger soundstage, both of which are pleasant improvements to the Grado sound.
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Thread Starter 

I forgot to mention about my configuration. I mainly listen to music with either ITune or Windows Media Player from my PC.

I use SPDIF to connect directly from my M/B into Creative Recon3D (SB1300). Then hang my Headphone from there. 

The Recon3D already have sound level control on top of the unit so I suspect that it already has  Headphone Amp function.

It is also certified with THX compatible so I think this also has some DAC function. Any body can confirm about this?

 

I am planning to buy a Shure SHR440 to begin with to see if there is any improvement over the Grado Lab SR60.

Any advice will be appreciated.

Prum555

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Originally Posted by Bobby S View Post
 

I think you can get more for your money by spending that 200$ budget on a better headphone.

x2

 

since you like the grados, how about looking into the hd598?

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Originally Posted by prum555 View Post

I forgot to mention about my configuration. I mainly listen to music with either ITune or Windows Media Player from my PC.
I use SPDIF to connect directly from my M/B into Creative Recon3D (SB1300). Then hang my Headphone from there. 
The Recon3D already have sound level control on top of the unit so I suspect that it already has  Headphone Amp function.
It is also certified with THX compatible so I think this also has some DAC function. Any body can confirm about this?

I am planning to buy a Shure SHR440 to begin with to see if there is any improvement over the Grado Lab SR60.
Any advice will be appreciated.
Prum555

It appears to since it is listed as handling headphones up to 600 ohms. However, that doesn't mean it does as well with 32 ohm headphones. Some headphone amps are not geared toward low impedance headphones like the Grados.

As far as the 440s, they will have a different sound, but I would not count on them having a better sound. It will be more based on your personal listening preference than one headphone outclassing the other.
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