Using Stereo Receivers as a headphone amp?
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Hi guys. Today, at my local thrift store, I saw these 2 items there:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX8511-TX-8511-Stereo-Receiver/dp/B00005T3WF/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312699849&sr=1-1
 
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Right now, I'm running a foobar--> uDAC1 ---> Sennheiser HD600 configuration..... Would these represent considerable upgrades if I used the uDAC as a DAC, and then used one of these receivers as an amp for the headphones? .... Heck, is this even possible? 
 
If so, do I use the "phono" inputs on these stereo receivers to connect from my uDAC's RCA outputs? 
 
Sorry, I know I sound like a huge noob, but do you guys have any guidance you can give me on this subject?
 
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You sure can and both even have 1/4 headphone jack on the front. Do not use the phone inputs since that is for turntables only. Use the CD input.
 
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Is there a way for me to know if there's a significant sound quality difference, or am I just gonna have to roll the dice completely? 
 
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Is there a way for me to know if there's a significant sound quality difference, or am I just gonna have to roll the dice completely? 


Bring your setup to the store and try it there then make a decision right there.
 
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Yes, give a receiver a try!

It'll also give you a way to run speakers if you want to.
 
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Yes, give a receiver a try!

It'll also give you a way to run speakers if you want to.


Hey Uncle Erik! I've lurked a lot on these boards, and I've always enjoyed your posts. Very informative and down-to-earth. 
 
Are there any general rules for using stereo receivers as headphone amps? 
I know a lot of people said it's good to look for receivers from the 1970s or so... that the quality of their components were strong back then. However, these 2 receivers that I saw at my local thrift store are fairly new (in relative terms.... they're not from the 70s), I believe. Is there a big difference, if I'm using them as headphone amps?
 
Is there anything else I should look out for, in general,  in regards to stereo receivers? 
 
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Thanks! :)

It's hard to say, since there are so many receivers out there. A couple manufacturers I love are Marantz and NAD, but that doesn't mean the rest are bad.

You might want to take a look around www.fmtunerinfo.com. They have lots of reviews. Also, run searches at AudioKarma - the members there have a deep knowledge of old tuners.

Thrift store aside, look through your local CraigsList for old receivers. There are lots of good ones.
 
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My integrated amplifier's jack drives the Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm better than the Little Dot MK III I used to own.
 
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