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Limited Usefulness: Designed for Sennheiser's 6X0 series, Edit: It's better with improved power cord

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Pros: Fast, detailed, precise, smooth extended highs, controlled extended bass. Very low noise floor. Edit: potentially amazing soundstage

Cons: Mids are detailed but slightly analytical, bass is too tight for some types of music

Edit: see end for new perspective regarding two things: how it works as a preamp, and how it may be improved with a better power chord   Intro: I'm a music-lover, not an audiophile. Relatively new to this hobby. And I haven't extensively tested amps. I do extensive subjective listening tests with what I own, and that's about it. This review is not geared towards professional audio engineers who need to use an amp for long hours and are not trying to 'enjoy' the amp. For such people, this amp might actually be a good choice. I tend to listen many hours a day, too, so that's why I probably won't give up this amp. But I don't find it to be very enjoyable or engaging compared to other...
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You have to be really ignorant not to think this is a good value.

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Pros: Good sub-bass. Transparent of source. Powerful. $99!

Cons: Volume pot makes noise when touched, channel imbalance at first quarter levels, highs can be harsh on many phones. USB noise comes through on Beyers

I'm writing this because I feel the need to defend this little giant-killer.    There are a lot of negative reviews, and while I am not on the "Schiit-wagon" at all, or a fanboy of their products, I now have a better idea of what kind of amps are out there, after owning this for two years and having upgraded dramatically to the Lehmann Rhinelander (around $500) and then the Lehmann BCL Linear (around $1200 or more). Guys who have been into hifi for years are shocked when they hear I have a headphone amp that costs $100 and basically reflects the source with no extra frills.   First of all, there is a sense in which no, I would not recommend this amp for IEMs,...
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Very revealing of source, transparent and open, good transient speed

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Pros: Fast, open, and dynamic

Cons: With a dry source, it may sound a bit dry

This is a good amplifier in my limited experience, *but*, it might not better than some of the leading solid-state competitors in this price range ($500-600). I haven't compared it too, for instance, Graham Slee, Burson Soloist SE, or Heed's Headamp. Also, you may want to think about tube amps in this price range, or seriously consider something from Audio-GD or Vioelectric.    I haven't got a lot of experience with components, so I'll explain what I have tested:   Headphones:  Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro Beyerdynamic DT150 Shure 425 Grado 80 (old version)   Sources: Fiio e10 (using line out) Denon CD Player DCD 860 (mid-1990s) HRT Music Streamer HD (USB...
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Amazing

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Pros: Great acoustic sound, not like a 'typical' closed headphone. More balanced than most Beyers

Cons: Um, ugly? Stock cord a bit longer than necessary (3 meters)

These are great headphones I was turned onto from the forum.    On this forum you have to assess who is enthusiastic about what. Generally, there is a difference between enthusiasm from novices and that of veterans. The novices were excited about my Beyerdynamic 990 Pro, 250 Ohm. But the veterans were on to these DT 150 headphones. The sound is so much more mature, even, musical and rich on the DT 150s.   I will say, I think the sub-bass was a little better on the 990 Pros, but that's about it. Most acoustic music sounds better with the DT150s.   They also sound fantastic whether plugged into an iphone/ipod, and even more fantastic when put into a multi-thousand...
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Great cans *for the money* - Need good equipment - Have difficult highs

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Pros: Meaty and detailed in lows and mids with very good bass quality, good highs for acoustic music, and some EDM

Cons: Requires better equipment than you would think from the going retail price of under $200. Gets annoying with pop, rock, distorted guitar, cymbals...

Background: I've had these for over five months and put at least 200 hours on them.  They still have a lot of energy in the highs, yes, and taming them is an essential part in enjoying them. They are super comfy and super well-built, with lots of real metal.    Important Note of Preference Regarding Gear: All parts of the chain matter here: dac, amp, interconnects and the recording itself. Sibilance appears in vocals on MP3 tracks, but not with WAV files and above usually, especially of your DAC can use an ASIO filter. (I know it's controversial scientifically, but these phones seem to highlight the harshness of other output modes to my ears).  They can...
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Great IEMs, scale up well, and maintain balance

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Pros: Balance, imaging, speed from top to bottom, mids

Cons: High roll-off, no air in the bass

First of all, I don't think we should be comparing these to anything else but in ear monitors (IEMs), and generally in the price range.  However, my only experience is with Sure SE 110s that I used for over 5 years.  Those were about $99, and I got the 425s for about $270.  I've now had them for about four months, and have gone through the slightly disappointed stage which seems to occur for a lot of people with a lot of headphones.  No matter how much you read before purchasing, it still takes time for your brain to get used to a new sound signature.  These really blow away the 110s in every way.  They have energy, speed, focus and simply amazing imaging. ...
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