Does anyone have any impressions on using the Dayton Audio DTA-120 for headphone amplification? I'm not expecting Eddie Current Balancing Act performance, but figured it might be able to offer a nice performance boost for little money while offering a great desktop speakers amp as well. I already have a DTA-1 T-class amp, and it is a marvelous little bugger, but no headphone out.
(not sure if noobs can post links, but if we can, it should show up here)
I believe it was primarily designed to drive speakers, but it includes a headphone out and they claim it's pretty high-quality.
Anyways, on to the introduction part (you don't need to read beyond here if you don't want to):
I joined primarily to be a lurker, but saw you need to post to earn privileges, so I thought up a question and apparently you wanted to read it and/or respond, so thank you. As a bonus, I'll lay out a brief synopsis of my life-history with audio.
As a kid, I always had an interest in audio reproduction. There was a set of Bose 601 series II speakers in my parents' living room growing up that got plenty of playtime, and even to this day they're fantastic speakers. I replaced the deteriorated surrounds on all of the woofers on these exact speakers in 2010, which was my introduction to Parts-Express, which was subsequently my introduction to Dayton Audio (interestingly, I've had a KLH subwoofer for several years prior that I loved, and it turns out it is a rebadged Dayton). Today, my speaker brand of choice is Martin Logan (I have Motion 12s and Motion 4s, waiting to find a good deal on a Motion 8 center channel, but despite being discontinued more than a year ago, they're holding price). I also like Boston Acoustics (my car has a Boston setup, which sounds fantastic for a car setup, and influenced me to get some Boston speakers for my desk), and have been very impressed with Dayton's speakers and amps on a budget.
On the headphones side of things, as a kid, I was content using cheap Sony and Koss headphones bought from Walmart/Best Buy. Eventually, and I can't remember exactly when, I ordered a set of Koss PortaPros based on near-universal recommendation and my familiarity with Koss. I vividly remember opening them, sitting on the living room couch, plugging them into my Creative Zen Jukebox to try them out, and while I can't remember to what I was listening, I do remember that the sound stage and relative clarity immediately elicited a smile as my head tilted back and my eyes closed. I didn't know at the time that headphones could sound so expansive.
I've had a couple other cheaper sets since then, but the PortaPros were always my #1s. And I've always been content with that. I figured, if I'm ever going to upgrade happily, it's going to cost a lot of money, and as a recently-graduated college student, I didn't want to blow my savings on headphones I can live without.
Then last week happened. I randomly searched for Grado Reference series headphones on eBay (I've always loved the way the wood Grados look, and heard the sound was superb as well). I found a set of RS2e's for a price I found impulsively swallowable.. And that brings me to today. I've had them for a few days now, and I'm loving them more by the day. What my PortaPros did for sound stage, these did for resolution. The only way I could be happier is if they cost me negative dollars (and, if I'm picky, a slight boost in the midbass; and while they're pretty comfortable, I think my brother's Fidelio X2s still have 'em beat).