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X-FI Titanium HD - do I need a dedicated amp?

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Hello

 

I'm upgrading from my old X-FI XtremeMusic + SONY MDR1-R   to -->  X-FI Titanium HD + NAD HP50 (buying the stuff tommorow).

I'm wondering if I there is any worthy improvement to gain (in terms of SQ) by getting a decent external amp between the Titanium HD and the HP50? 

 

Also, do you think that I will hear the difference between Titanium HD and XtremeMusic?


I'll be grateful for any comments on this, thanks!


Edited by Pandaclocker - 5/11/14 at 1:48pm
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For the MDR-1R?

 

Most likely not I would say. Just enjoy the system for what it is, should be very good for gaming and movies.

 

Start thinking about a dedicated headphone amp if you upgrade to orthos (HE-6, LCD-2) or something high-end like the HD800 or T1.

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I am a very happy X-Fi Titanium HD owner, but I have the analog outputs currently running directly into my Yamaha Preamp, which also doubles as my headphone amp.  The times when I've had my computer at a LANparty, etc and had to plug directly into the card to power my headphones, I was less than impressed.  My DT990 Pro headphones are 250ohm though, and that can be tough some cards.

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