Headphone Amps...

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Mugetsu, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Mugetsu
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    macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2007
    I was just wondering what exactly do Headphone Amps do?

    when I think of an Amp, I just think of something that makes speakers louder.
    but when theres headphone amps going for up to $700 I would hope that they do more than just making your headphones loud.

    also, who makes the best headphone amps for portable music players?
  2. jdavtz
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    macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    I expect noise-blocking earphone/headphone designs would be more useful than another amplifier..

    I don't think an 'amplifier' can do anything more than making things louder.

    Unless maybe they're talking about a box that takes a line-level audio output signal and amplifies it to a headphone-level signal (like what's built in to all portable audio players and most stand-alone amplifiers/computers/CD players - but presumably much higher quality kit - so you connect CD player's line out > headphone amp's line in and your headphones to the headphone amp's headphone-out socket.
  3. Mugetsu
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    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2007
    yes thats how the headphone amp plugs into your player and your headphones.

    I'm asking because I have the Shure 530PTH earbuds. and I keep hearing from people that having $500 earbuds are pointless if you don't have a Headphone Amp for them.

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