Its a receiver, the headphone output will be awful.
My retired electrical engineer father says just get headphones between 16 and 80;. But it seems like a lot of sites are saying the amp impedance should be 1/8th of headphone impedance?
Headphone Jack Rated Output/ImpedanceCD, etc. (1 kHz, 40 mV, 8 Ω) ................................ 150 mV/100
And finally, any suggestions for a sub-$200 range? Under $150 even better?
QuoteHeadphone Jack Rated Output/ImpedanceCD, etc. (1 kHz, 40 mV, 8 ?) ................................ 150 mV/100The "rated" impedance is probably the minimum recommended headphone impedance, not the internal source impedance. That's also the way power amplifiers are rated. A solid state power amplifier typically has a source impedance less than one Ohm, but it's rated for 4 or 8-Ohm speakers.
Headphone Jack Rated Output/ImpedanceCD, etc. (1 kHz, 40 mV, 8 ?) ................................ 150 mV/100
High impedance headphones (300 Ohms) tend to be less-loud (with the same voltage) because you get less power. For example, you generally get about twice the power with 4-Ohm speakers as 8-Ohm speakers. (And if you were to connect a 1 Ohm speaker, or several 8-Ohm speakers, in parallel, you might fry the amp.)
There are plenty of excellent headphones in your price range. You might prefer your favorite $200 headphone over any other at any price.I always recommend that you go to a store and listen! You'll learn a lot more by listening to headphones than you'll learn by listening to advice.
There are some "frequently recommended" headphones, and that would be a good start. Most Grados have a reputation for being some of the best in their price range. I have a pair of Grado SR225's ($200). But, Grado's do look a little cheap & outdated. I also own a pair of Sennheiser HD280's ($100) which also have a reputation for being good for their price.
Thanks for your email. The headphone output is designed to work with consumer grade headphones, which typically have impedance ratings ranging between 15 and 60 ohms.The output will still work with higher and lower impedance ratings, you would just need to adjust the volume control to compensate for the increased or decreased draw.Best Regards,The Yamaha Customer Support Team