Do I Need a Headphone Amp? Help Please!
I have some questions regarding adding a headphone amp to my home theater system.
I have a Denon AVR x4400H receiver and recently purchased a pair of Hifiman Sundara headphones. Frequency Response : 6Hz-75kHz , Impedance : 37Ω, Sensitivity : 94dB
I have tried to educate myself about the need for a headphone amp for my setup, but have read conflicting recommendations. Some say it is not needed, others it is.
One thing I read that if your receiver has a discrete headphone amp (vs using resistors to shunt power to the headphone jack) a separate amp is not necessary. I am unable to find any reference that my Denon has a discrete amp, so I assume it does not.
My Sundara's sound OK via the headphone jack but I am wondering if a separate amp such as a Schiit Magni amp would make the Sundara's more than OK. I know a lot of listening opinions are subjective but
am I not taking full advantage of my new headphones without an amp?
I mainly use my headphones to listen to music either from a CD, LP or FM broadcast or stream.
Any thoughts are appreciated.