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Hi All,

I'd like to get your opinion(s) before I invest in a pair of high quality headphones. My system is an Integra DTF 7.8 with B&W CM7, CMC, CM1 and Velodyne mini-vee sub, Oppo 981 source or Squeezebox/Internet radio (love it!).

For those times when competition for the man-cave is high, I'd like to be able to listen to my music when my teenager watches TV or plays his XBox. Therefore the headphones...

I am strongly leaning to the AKG K 701's. But I have recently been told that I would be wasting my money without a separate headphone amp, which I'm not inclined to do. Before I jump for the can's ---will my 7.8 drive them adequately? What's so special about the separate amp?

Thanks in advance!

Mark
Well, there are quite a few of us on this forum that enjoy, high quality headphone listening. Like speakers, efficiency and impedance play a role in how your headphones will sound. However, where with speakers, you can match pretty favorably the proper amp to get the most out of your speakers, regardless of impedance, sensitivity, or efficiency, not so with the headphone amps in most receivers and a/v preamps and processors.

This is where a headphone amp comes in quite handy. And, you do not have to break your bank to get one. The AKG 701s are considered one of the best headphones out there. But, compared to some others, like the Grados, the require a little more umph, to get the best out of them. So, if you are going to spend the money, then do the right thing, and check out some headphone amps.

Where, www.headphone.com/ This is where Headroom resides. They eat and sleep headphones, build headphone amps of all sizes and prices.. And are good people, with a wealth of information.

Likewise, Grado headphones are one of the best headphones you can buy in my opinion, that sounds pretty good w/o a headphone amp. Check them out too. Hope this helps.
 

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The AKGs will do just fine. I use a pair for monitoring the mix at our church and they are very accurate and block out alot of the external noise. Unless your planning on cranking up the volume you would not need an extra headphone amp in my opinion.
Interesting. I just purchased a pair of the Denon AH-D1001 for monitoring at my church. They work very well. Our budget can not handle AKG 701s at this time. However, the Denons are doing great. They are small, lightweight,, and comfortable.
 
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