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Title: Headphones and Amps
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 28, 2017, 10:54:44 pm
How to Choose a Headphone Amp and DAC

I love my headphones. I buy em. I use them. But most people don't really go the extra step in getting amps to really make their Cans pop. So, start with this video as a basic run-down for what you need to look for in an amp.

Go to Headphone Power Calculator ( to check on the specs of what your amp will need as far as power goes. If you don't know the exact specs of your make and model, head over to Specout ( to look up your make and model. And yes, I'm currently in the market for an amp. I've used a cheap version from Radio Shack in a pinch when I didn't have the time to research for something a bit more substantial. It's a decent amp. But now I'm look for something that has more power and more bells and whistles to play with the overall sound.
Title: Re: Headphones and Amps
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 28, 2017, 10:59:29 pm
Headphones That Boom?

Here's a review of the Boomstick by the one and only Unbox Therapy. I trust his reviews.
Title: Re: Headphones and Amps
Post by: Mac on January 29, 2017, 02:04:06 pm
I was looking at amps for a while because MassDrop ( kept pushing new products my way. I got extra interested when a tube amp passed through. I was definitely interested in the aesthetics of the product before I got into the details. Discussed getting an amp with my best friend who is deeply into the tech of audio.

We discussed the audio sources like MP3, digital, analog records, etc.
where the audio source is transferred from (computer, phone, receiver, turntable, etc)

Ultimately my listening habits with headphones discontinued my search. Simply I only have headphones for playing drums. They are mid-range, flat response cans that do what I need.

I also have some noise cancelling Bose for travel.

I also have the bone induction set use for my excercise... where I don't require great sound.

I realized, I don't use headphones to just sit and listen to music or movies. I'm old. As much as I would like to have a good amp, I just don't see using it much.

Back in my 20's, I used the hell out of my headphones for doing just that. Hours and hours of music listening and I remember those wealthy guys that had high end equipment racks, amps, cords, receivers and turntables that you would drool for. Today, things are so different.