Denon AH-D2000 - Amp or no amp?
Jun 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9


New Head-Fier
Jun 6, 2009
Hey im on the verge of getting the d2000's, but im not sure on the need for an amp with these.

I will be running them from an iPod Touch 1st gen at worst, and would really rather not spend any more than £50 more on this purchase.

I'm looking for first hand experiences with the d2000's unamped, and your thoughts on it, will be playing mid-high quality wavs/mp3 on the ipod, mainly electronic/dnb/some rock/post rock, and home editing which will require accurate sound.

I'm coming from ipod stock earphones, and a friend with some AT-M50's which i recommended to him, (they are very very nice).

if the experience unamped will be not worth it, please do recommend a similar less thirsty headphone..

also i have a story to tell about the HD650's, with regards to their thirst for power. My sister's boyfriend splashed on a pair of these, and i had the privelege of trying them out.

he runs them through a large old school hi-fi thing, and man, they are just... amazing.

i tried an experiment where i ran them off my ipod touch solely and i managed to get a surprisingly massive amount of volume through them, not to mention comparable sound quality playing from the hifi previously tried.

I know ALOT, if not all people say that ipod + hd 650 unamped is impossible, but hell, i can definately say its possible.

anyway, the poiint in me telling this, is that, if the ipod can run the HD650's with incredible results, could i do the same with D2000's?

ps. my ears were ringing for a good few minutes after playing the HD650's on full volume, mind blowing experience to say the least.
also, is it possible i have a super charged ipod touch? the battery life is exceptionally long, ie, can play for 25 hours on AT M-50 headphones full volume, i thought this was pretty impressive.
Jun 14, 2009 at 8:09 PM Post #2 of 9
Unamped will be OK but for your "Punchier tastes" I'd save and get one.
There is no Full sized headphone even close to the Denons that will do better un-amped on an Ipod ( I have 6 Ipods)
There is a small amp called "Travagans Colors" ( See Link Above) for around 60.00 shipped USD) Small, clear, powerful, and "uncolored" excelent SQ
Jun 14, 2009 at 8:46 PM Post #3 of 9
brilliant, very reassuring,

but still, will the D1001's perform better unamped than the D2000's?

i STILL havent seen an A/B of these two headphones, which shows the +'s and -'s of each headphone.

the D2000 i can tell has better potential, and probably all ill need for home mixing and such, in terms of SQ and comfort.

but for portable use, maybe the D1001's are a better deal, especially being 1/2 the price and maybe better performance unamped.

can anyone recommend either?
Jun 14, 2009 at 8:56 PM Post #4 of 9
They won't perform any better and the driver is smaller on the 1ks than on the 2ks, so if you can afford the price diff. then go for the 2 K's. They are still FOTM for cheap easy DIY mods (see markl mod). I bought a pair just to canabalize the drivers,Cables, and Earpads for my old '70's Pioneer SE305's and the Pionners sound almost as good as the Denon 7K's now.
Jun 14, 2009 at 10:46 PM Post #6 of 9
right well

thanks guys

D2k's coming in 2 days.

cant wait!!!!
Jun 15, 2009 at 2:38 AM Post #8 of 9
Congrats! I get quite a good result driving D2000 straight out of 2nd gen iPod Touch.
Jun 15, 2009 at 7:03 AM Post #9 of 9

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Congrats! I get quite a good result driving D2000 straight out of 2nd gen iPod Touch.

oh brilliant.

gonna have a good few hours of solid burning on a train, so i will have plenty of time to have fun with.

thanks peoples

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