Originally Posted by Leito1987
Hey guys, question here, i bought the headphone Sennheiser RS 170.
I was wondering if there would be any difference in quality between :
3.55mm headphones port on my tv (samsung 46c6000) and if i where to buy a receiver with dts-master and so on and plug my headphones in that.
I have a pair of RS-160 digital headphones and suspect that they are very similar to the RS170 in terms of hook up and usage.
These headphones have their own volume control, and work best if driven from a source that has a high, stable line level signal voltage (RCA jacks). In the world of analog preamps and receivers, that might mean a tape output.
Making a recommendation here is difficult without knowing more about what else you are attaching the TV to. Are you just using the internal speakers?
In my situation the TV set's only audio output is a coax digital output, so I fed that to a DAC and use that to drive the inputs of the RS160 base station.
The high dynamic range of the 16 bit digital connection to the headphones gives you a lot of latitude in terms of how you use them. However, they themselves will provide the most convenient usage if you drive them from a source that is before the TV's volume control so that you can have a full range of adjustment with the volume control on the headphones.
There are good quality headphone amplifiers with digital inputs that might apply in your situation. Adding a whole receiver if you aren't using it to drive speakers seems like overkill but given the prices they get for some of these little headphone amps, it might be the cost-effective way to go.