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So if your parents were about to get duped by some kind of salesman you wouldn't step in just because it's something they think they want? Old people are always wanting to send money to princes in Nigeria.
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Sorry for the late response, I got them locally in Vancouver, NCIX was blowing them out, couldn't resist and love them so far. I am plugging them directly into the SC-85 headphone output and am enjoying them and once they get some hours on them I am sure they will sound better.

Will a headphone amp make a significant difference in the sound quality and do you need a DAC in the amp?
You don't need a DAC in a freestanding headphone amp unless you are sending it a digital signal. I use analog outputs from a CD player into my headphone amp, since I don't have a DAC.

Whether a headphone amp will give you better sound quality than the headphone jack in your receiver depends on the quality of the headphone amp built into that receiver--many receivers have headphone amps that are an afterthought and don't give such great sound. Also, some people feel the HD-700 has a spiky treble and would do best with a warm-sounding amp. I haven't heard the 700s myself...

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You don't need a DAC in a freestanding headphone amp unless you are sending it a digital signal. I use analog outputs from a CD player into my headphone amp, since I don't have a DAC.

Whether a headphone amp will give you better sound quality than the headphone jack in your receiver depends on the quality of the headphone amp built into that receiver--many receivers have headphone amps that are an afterthought and don't give such great sound. Also, some people feel the HD-700 has a spiky treble and would do best with a warm-sounding amp. I haven't heard the 700s myself...
Thanks for the advice. I have another question to put out and would love the best way to solve this.

I have two amps that I run, one for my turntable & CD player (this is a warm sounding amp and the headphone output is okay) and the other for HT/TV (this has a much better headphone output and not as warm sounding for the CD player). What would the best way be to have the RCA output from my CD player be able to go into both amps and possibly a headphone amp without compromising the sound? I thought all that was needed is Y cables from the CD output into both amps, however when I set this up the sound from both amps was not good compared to switching one set of cables between the two, which is not ideal.

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I have not noticed any spiky treble sound at any volume level thus far, if anything they might be a little light on the boominess of the bass, which I am not a fan of anyway. So far I am really really enjoying these.

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Thanks for the advice. I have another question to put out and would love the best way to solve this.

I have two amps that I run, one for my turntable & CD player (this is a warm sounding amp and the headphone output is okay) and the other for HT/TV (this has a much better headphone output and not as warm sounding for the CD player). What would the best way be to have the RCA output from my CD player be able to go into both amps and possibly a headphone amp without compromising the sound? I thought all that was needed is Y cables from the CD output into both amps, however when I set this up the sound from both amps was not good compared to switching one set of cables between the two, which is not ideal.
I have no idea how you can do this, other than some kind of switch box that has one set of RCA cables as an input and a choice of switching between one of two sets of RCA cable outputs. I'm sure you can find something like this at Radio Shack, but who knows what effect the wiring will have on the sound??

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I have no idea how you can do this, other than some kind of switch box that has one set of RCA cables as an input and a choice of switching between one of two sets of RCA cable outputs. I'm sure you can find something like this at Radio Shack, but who knows what effect the wiring will have on the sound??
Thank you!

Yes that is what I was thinking and also unsure of in terms of sound quality. I am hoping others have had this scenario and found solutions that work without compromising sound.

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Audio switches are hard to find.

But, "Composite Video Switches" do analog audio too, and are cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...switch+2%2Caps

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Thank you Ray, saw some good cheap options, however they don't seem to switch between the outputs, which is most important so the signal is not interfering with the amps.

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Ok, then try a "distribution amplifier"

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Di...5/N/4294548694

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Niles AXP 1 Aux Input Switcher can be used as an aux output switcher: http://www.amazon.com/Niles-Black-FG.../dp/B00006I5J0

Just plug everything in reverse from how it's labeled. That's what I use it for. Case is all metal (aluminum?), not cheap plastic like most of the lesser expensive audio/video switchers. Since Amazon has it, you could send it back if you don't like it.

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Oh, I like that idea.

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Niles AXP 1 Aux Input Switcher can be used as an aux output switcher: http://www.amazon.com/Niles-Black-FG.../dp/B00006I5J0

Just plug everything in reverse from how it's labeled. That's what I use it for. Case is all metal (aluminum?), not cheap plastic like most of the lesser expensive audio/video switchers. Since Amazon has it, you could send it back if you don't like it.
Ahh fabulous, this is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!! To confirm you use it with one input and multiple outputs? Have you experienced any crosstalk? The reviews look mostly positive with the occasional person complaining of interference...Thank you!!

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Niles also has a PS-1 device that seems like it would be good as well, however there website does not give too many details? Unfortunately, Amazon.ca does not have the AXP-1 so I will try directly from Niles or find a local distributor.

http://www.nilesaudio.com/product.ph...rdcdID=FG00012

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there is a bluetooth headphone in this list that you might want to check out. http://www.techtapper.com/best-headp...er-200-dollar/
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I just got a pair of the Grain Audio OEHPs. SO far so good. I like them better than my Brainwavz HM5s which I love. More low end, more clarity and I think a little more comfortable. Plus they are a little less bulky. Off to a good start.

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McIntosh MHP1000

Anyone here have the new headphones from McIntosh? I ordered a pair this week from my dealer, and they should arrive first week of Jan. If anyone hear owns a pair I'm curious to know what you use to drive them, and your impressions. Ill be using an Oppo HA-1.
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