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I am thinking about getting some headphones for listening to my 2.0 system. I have a Parasound P5 powered by a Carver 133 WPC amp. I am looking for a good quality pair of headphones that will sound really good, strictly for music. I have the Bose noise cancelling headphones that I use for travel but would like something better for listening at home. Never having owned a nice pair of plug in headphones, do I need to get a separate headphone amp or can I simply plug into the P5? I have read some good reviews about the Sennheiser HD650, but I think I would need a separate amp for those, correct? Any other good headphones anyone can recommend would be appreciated. It would be nice to not have to buy a separate amp, but if that needs to be done it needs to be done. Budget for everything is under $500.

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I am thinking about getting some headphones for listening to my 2.0 system. I have a Parasound P5 powered by a Carver 133 WPC amp. I am looking for a good quality pair of headphones that will sound really good, strictly for music. I have the Bose noise cancelling headphones that I use for travel but would like something better for listening at home. Never having owned a nice pair of plug in headphones, do I need to get a separate headphone amp or can I simply plug into the P5? I have read some good reviews about the Sennheiser HD650, but I think I would need a separate amp for those, correct? Any other good headphones anyone can recommend would be appreciated. It would be nice to not have to buy a separate amp, but if that needs to be done it needs to be done. Budget for everything is under $500.

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I would just try the P5. Being a preamp it has it's own discrete headphone amp. Most receivers just tap off the main amp stage with resistors so separate headphone amps get recommended. I don't think you need to do that. At least give it a try without. I have the 650 HDs and they are a great headphone. It's currently about 360 on amazon. Some will recommend the Massdrop version, but you might have to wait a while and those come with a short cord, so I'd just go for the 650HDs. Even so you may still want a longer cord, if so get the Grado extension cord, usually 30ish bucks.

If you decide later you need a headphone amp, pick up a basic Schiit headphone amp, the Magi for 99 bucks, but given you have a higher end P5 preamp, I doubt you'll need one.

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I would just try the P5. Being a preamp it has it's own discrete headphone amp. Most receivers just tap off the main amp stage with resistors so separate headphone amps get recommended. I don't think you need to do that. At least give it a try without. I have the 650 HDs and they are a great headphone. It's currently about 360 on amazon. Some will recommend the Massdrop version, but you might have to wait a while and those come with a short cord, so I'd just go for the 650HDs. Even so you may still want a longer cord, if so get the Grado extension cord, usually 30ish bucks.

If you decide later you need a headphone amp, pick up a basic Schiit headphone amp, the Magi for 99 bucks, but given you have a higher end P5 preamp, I doubt you'll need one.
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Wanted to post an update, I found a pair of used HD6XX from a member of this board, they should arrive today!
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Wanted to post an update, I found a pair of used HD6XX from a member of this board, they should arrive today!
I'd buy replacement ear pads.

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