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Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

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Wife is expecting twins so if I want to listen to music loud I'll be using my Grado SR125 headphones. Is it worth buying a headphone amp to use with my Arcam CD73 instead of plugging them into my Arcam AVR300?

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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

you have nice headphones so maybe a seperate amp would be worth it but it all depends on how much you will be listening.twins good luck to you and your wife but you will have your work cut out for you.dont forget to give your wife a rest from the little un's.i use a seperate head amp only because my valve amp has no input for phones,in my second system it has and to be honest i don't hear much difference to warrent the cost.your arcam has a good headphone input i myself had an arcam and was happy with its performance.one thing to consider is noise leakage open backed headphones leak a lot of noise and you say you like it loud,be careful there tinititus springs to mind.maybe a nice closed back design might be the way to go.hope this helps and the very best of luck to you and your wife.gregory.

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user="brianmcr" wrote:
Is it worth buying a headphone amp to use with my Arcam CD73 instead of plugging them into my Arcam AVR300?

 Yes I think it is - I've always had good results with the Musical Fidelity X-Cans headphone amps, and a spot of Googlage will reveal some of them available at bargain prices.
 

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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?
  • I'm using the MF X-CAN-V3 with Grado RS-2 headphones and the sound just doesn't "do it for me".
    I've upgraded all the capacitors in both audio path and power supply (Rock Grotto) which tightened
    things up and gave it more bass but the basic sound still doesn't work.
  • I can only put this down to a valve vs. solid state issue and, since I've always used solid state
    amps, that's probably the sound I've grown used to.
  • Anyone ever compared the MF with the Graham Slee Solo? That might be my next move.
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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

For Grado you would be a fool not to pair it with the Gilmore Lite as Gilmore Lite paired with Grado is highly acclaimed on specialist headphone sites.

 I own one and it destroys the x can in all aspects of sound quality.

Lesser known companies produce some outstanding products and this one in particular.

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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

I've got a pair of Grado SR225's, I'm currently running them from my Linn Kolektor's Headphone socket, having tried both a Pro-ject Headbox and Headbox SE, I can happily recommend either, though I must confess that I am picking up a second -hand Sugden headmaster the week after next if all goes well.

I have been told that Earmax Pros work well with Grado Headphones, but haven't been able to try them. If you want I will post again when I get the Sugden and let you know what it's like.

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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

 Grado Headphone Amp

Grado do their own headphone amp too. 

http://www.gradolabs.com/product_pages/ra1_amp.htm

Haven't heard it myself so can't comment but you'd hope that it's a good pairing Wink
 

 

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user="jimc" wrote:
I'm using the MF X-CAN-V3 with Grado RS-2 headphones and the sound just doesn't "do it for me".

Try the X-Can2!  I think my Oval one is better than the boxy one Wink

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Re: Is it worth getting a headphone amp for my Grado's?

user="brianmcr" wrote:
Wife is expecting twins so if I want to listen to music loud I'll be using my Grado SR125 headphones. Is it worth buying a headphone amp to use with my Arcam CD73 instead of plugging them into my Arcam AVR300?

How's the sound plugged into your Arcam AVR300 compared to listening through your speakers? Better, same or worse?
If the sound is ok I wouldn't bother buying an expensive headphones amp.

(The headphones output of both my Marantz CD6000Ki and CD 5000 players are really good, I never even considered a seperate headphones amp)