Amplifier for headphone

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722 posts since 25 Jan, 2014

Post Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:09 pm

Where to start...

I have some DT 990 Pro 250 ohm headphone plugged into an Audient iD14 audio interface that is plugged into my MacMini via USB.

I never have to set the volume to maximum for my headphone but I'm not to far from (the max).

I recently tried my headphone at a friend's home in a home theater amp and I felt my headphone to sound better than usual. I don't know if it was only in my head...

That bring me to think that maybe I should buy an amplifier to drive my headphone...

How much should I pay ? Do you have one to recommend ?

Also, I though that I would have to add the amp in my chain between the headphone and the Audient. But when I look at something like the FiiO K7 amp, it looks like I would have to plug the amp in the computer via usb, which would mean that the amp literally replace the audio interface ?


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14241 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Post Mon Dec 05, 2022 11:08 pm

A good diy headphone amp kit (eg CMOY) is maybe $15 in parts. Ready in a box: over $150 because target audience is audiophiles with more money than sense.

When plugging in a headphone amp into usb, is that for power only, or does it function as an audio interface? The owners manual should explain...
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