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Looking for recs on a headphone amp with enough power to easily drive 600 ohm headphones

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I have been searching around here for days trying to figure this one out but am just getting more confused so I decided to ask..

 

I am looking to upgrade from my Little Dot Mk III. I like the amp but am finding that it doesn't have quite the oomph needed to comfortably drive my 600 ohm Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro headphones. The LD is rated at 350mW @ 300/600 ohms (I assume this is total output which means 175mW per channel?). The two interior gain switches are set to deliver maximum volume, still the LD huffs and puffs driving the Beyers.

 

So now I am looking for a headphone amp with more muscle. The Schiit Lyr is a contender with 330mW/channel however some reviews mention noise. The Schiit Mjolnir, rated at 425mW/channel would certainly do the job and is very highly reviewed but at $749 is more than I want to spend.

 

My budget is about $500, can you folks recommend some amps that will fill the bill in this price range?

 

Thanks!

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All other things being equal, doubling the wattage only gives you +3db more volume, which is not very much. However, wattage is not the only factor in driving headphones effectively, but I'm not an engineer and can't really explain it to you smily_headphones1.gif

In other words, calculating watts probably isn't telling you everything you need to know to make a good decision.

Here is another option that should definitely give you enough power: http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-
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I went from the MkIII to a LaFigaro 332s it powers 600 Ohm cans with ease has great build quality and fits you're budget

I have built my collection quite a bit since with some very high quality and high price amps but the 332s still remains , can't say the same for the MkIII

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

All other things being equal, doubling the wattage only gives you +3db more volume, which is not very much. However, wattage is not the only factor in driving headphones effectively, but I'm not an engineer and can't really explain it to you smily_headphones1.gif

In other words, calculating watts probably isn't telling you everything you need to know to make a good decision.

Here is another option that should definitely give you enough power: http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-

 

Powering headphones with a speaker amp? wow..  need to let that one sink in for a minute.  Long thread but skimming through it it looks like it worked ok.

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Powering headphones with a speaker amp? wow..  need to let that one sink in for a minute.  Long thread but skimming through it it looks like it worked ok.

Just OK? Not sure about 600 ohms, but the Emotiva mini-x does put out 50,000 mW RMS into 8 ohms biggrin.gif
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