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Can I use 250 Ohm Headphones without amp?

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I want to buy a headphone for mostly listening classical music (solo piano). My main purpose of buying a new headphone is using with my digital piano. I want to buy Beyerdynamic DT880 but I can only find the 250 ohm version here. Can I power them with my digital piano and stuf like iphone, ipad etc without an amp? If not, I'll buy DT770 80 Ohm version. Can you tell me your experiences with 250 Ohm or higher impedence headphones without using an amp? How is the sound quality? Also how loud can they get? Is it enough?
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You can power the DT880 250's with those devices, but it will not be a satisfactory sound IMHO. I don't know what your piano puts out but you really should use the 32 Ohm version with those other devices.

You could get a FiiO E12 portable amplifier which does drive the 250 Ohms very nicely and use it in between all your devices.
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

You can power the DT880 250's with those devices, but it will not be a satisfactory sound IMHO. I don't know what your piano puts out but you really should use the 32 Ohm version with those other devices.

You could get a FiiO E12 portable amplifier which does drive the 250 Ohms very nicely and use it in between all your devices.
My piano is Yamaha Clavinova CLP-330. I couldn't find its headphone output impedence. Is DT770 good for classical music? I will also listen to genres like soft rock. Will DT770 80 ohm satisfy me? I am not thinking of buying an amp in near future and I don't want to risk it with DT880 250 Ohm version.
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The DT770 and DT880 would be two totally different sounding headphones, the DT770 are closed and the DT880 are open.

I have not personally heard the DT770's but I understand the 80 ohm version has the most bass of the 770 series.

You should really have a look at the comparision of the beyerdynamic lineup in this guide.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more
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My piano is Yamaha Clavinova CLP-330. I couldn't find its headphone output impedence. Is DT770 good for classical music? I will also listen to genres like soft rock. Will DT770 80 ohm satisfy me? I am not thinking of buying an amp in near future and I don't want to risk it with DT880 250 Ohm version.

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X open headphones, they are only 40-Ohm, very easy to drive.

There is also the ATH-A900X closed headphones, also only 40-Ohms.

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Originally Posted by HardTouch View Post

I want to buy a headphone for mostly listening classical music (solo piano). My main purpose of buying a new headphone is using with my digital piano. I want to buy Beyerdynamic DT880 but I can only find the 250 ohm version here. Can I power them with my digital piano and stuf like iphone, ipad etc without an amp? If not, I'll buy DT770 80 Ohm version. Can you tell me your experiences with 250 Ohm or higher impedence headphones without using an amp? How is the sound quality? Also how loud can they get? Is it enough?

I find the 250ohm DT880 works pretty well without extra amplification (I often use mine straight out of an ipad or a Sansa clip) I doesn't sound it's absolute best for all music, eg stuff with a very wide dynamic range can sometimes distort, but on the whole it sounds great.

The key for high impedance headphones is supplying enough voltage. Is your digital piano mains or battery powered? If it's mains powered, then I suspect you won't have any issues at all
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