Originally Posted by roark
Hi, I was wondering if you are getting that amp primarily for the Grado Sr80's? The reason I ask is I am considering SR60 or SR80 and one of the things I read was that SR80 needs an amp much more than SR60 which is fine without too. I have no idea if this true though. Do you feel the SR80's really need an amp and would benefit largely with one? Thanks.
And I have a more general question about headphone amps. Are most headphone amps significantly better than using the headphone of a receiver? And if they are does that usually include the less expensive headphone amps too? Or is using a receiver for a headphone amp fine? Thanks again.
Hi Roark: I'm still pretty new with this too, actually, so I'll answer your questions to the best of my ability given my current level of knowledge
My approach was to try out several of the entry level offerings from a few of the headphone companies I was most interested in. I was hoping maybe the "house sound" of one of these companies would connect with me, and then I figured if I heard what I was looking for in an entry level model, the chances were better I'd spend my money more wisely in terms of a higher level one. I don't have the budget or the opportunity to buy all sorts of higher priced headphones and then move what I dont' want to keep, but I can do it with the less pricey ones. Well, as you can probably tell from my earlier posts, I connected big time with the Grados and as of today my plans are to move into a PS500.
The thing with the amp is that I wanted something of good value, preferably of either American, Canadian, or German design, and from a company with an excellent track record. I had some email conversations with Jan Meier and also went back and researched the feedback others had on his products over at head-fi.org, and the guy just seems like the real deal to me. I chose the Jazz because it fits right into the sweet spot in terms of price, and since I'm still new in this hobby I didn't want to spend a ton on an amp. I wanted something that seemed to have good synergy with a wide range of headphones, too, cause I plan to do what many others seem to do and not just settle with one product. Others seem to have one or two main pair, and then from time to time they buy/sell/trade other gear, as well. So I wanted an amp that could drive just about anything and one that had some versatility.
The Grados, from what I understand, will be fine when driven by an iPhone or an iPod (or whatever), and I've found this to be true. However, they are supposed to still have a little bit left in the tank that can be revealed when paired with a little more current, and so far I have to say I've found this to be true. I like the way they sound with my little Fiio E11 portable amp and I've truly enjoyed listening to music with this combo over the past few weeks. Lastly, I also wanted an outboard amp so that I can run my lossless files from my laptop into it. The iPod downsamples lossless files when you play them, and I wanted to be able to take advantage of the full resolution of my music library.
I can't really answer the question about the receiver, cause I dont' have any experience with that. But I know that there are a lot of people in the hobby who do that, so I know that's one possible way to go. HOpefully others can chime in and help with that question
Hope that helps some!