Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

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musicguy1982
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Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by musicguy1982 » 14 Mar 2019 16:17

So I got a new turntable (Pioneer PL-12D), and I will be taking my AT LP-60 to my office to use. I know the LP-60 isn't the greatest thing in the world, but until I can find another vintage one for the office, it'll do the job.

My question though, I'm going to be listening in the office exclusively through headphones. Is it a better deal to get a headphone amp (something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ADR2DTG/?c ... _lig_dp_it) or buy an old receiver?

If receiver is the right answer, do you see anything that should be a good fit via https://peoria.craigslist.org Preferably less than $100?

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by Groovyness » 14 Mar 2019 16:34

It really depends on your needs. If you are SURE it will only be headphones, I'd just get the headphone amp. But if you think it would really be cool to have a vintage receiver in your office, get that. The dedicated headphone amp will probably sound slightly better. And you'll eventually get used to the receiver being there (i.e. the coolness factor will wear off).

It's all about how you plan to use it - long term.

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by musicguy1982 » 14 Mar 2019 17:10

Thanks. This makes the decision much easier. I work in a cubicle farm, so headphones are a must. Dedicated headphone amp it is.

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by lini » 15 Mar 2019 10:04

mg1982: Actually that depends a bit on the headphones you'd like to use.

Greetings from Munich!

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by JDJX » 17 Mar 2019 14:57

I actually have a Bravo version 3 which is exactly the same as the version 2 with the addition of a passive three band EQ.
I like the sound from it .
BTW, the V3 comes with a very good sounding Russian "EH 6922" tube.

https://www.amazon.com/Bravo-Audio-V3-H ... s=bravo+au

Also, since it a "passive EQ" , you can only cut a frequency band . So, the "flat" setting would be with all three sliders in the full "up" position. It seems that some are unaware of this..... that its a "passive EQ".
Anyway, the EQ could come in handy, depending on the headphones used, the tube used, and even your ears.

One thing to keep in mind is the theses Bravo amps generate some heat. The heat sinks are there for a reason.
So, they should not be operated in a closed environment with little or no ventilation for the amp.

BTW, I'm using Grado "SR80" phones. :)

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by jmcwha » 23 Mar 2019 05:29

I prefer headphone amps. I find listening through the headphone port on my Yamaha receiver sounds a bit compressed compared to a dedicated headphone amp.
Listening right now to a Japanese pressing of Led Zep's Physical Graffiti via a Schiit Magni 3 headphone amp. I usually prefer to listen to analog through speakers and listen to digital sources through headphones. However my wife is currently studying in the next room. The Schiit Magni 3 is a great headphone amp for the money and will drive just about anything (I use Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetics). At $99 US they are a bit more expensive than what you are looking at but have excellent build quality and a 2 year warranty. They also have RCA outs so you could also plug powered monitors or even a power amp and use it as a basic pre-amp.
I would recommend checking out their website before buying anything. Google Schiit and you should find them.

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Re: Receiver vs. Headphone Amp

Post by vanakaru » 23 Mar 2019 11:08

Many headphone ports in receivers are just impedance matched main amp output(usually added resistors). I feel that dedicated headphone amp will deliver better results. It is designed for headphones.

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