At the end of the day, you will just have to hear it and decide in your own.
For an amp? Unless you choose terribly or are purposefully going for something with distortion like a tube amp, they're all basically going to be transparent. Just get something with a enough voltage/current for what you need and it'll be fine.
It was in the context of "sound signatures" because some amps can sound different from another,
Generally speaking, the kinds of quality, high performance amps being discussed in this thread have no "sound signature" at all.
One head-fier saying:I think the law of diminishing returns applies to upstream gear to a much greater degree than it does to headphones. That's my point in a nutshell.And an other head-fier answering:I agree with you on the diminished returns with newer DACs. I find that after about the $1000 ish range things start to plateau pretty quickly.
The HD800's are not hard to drive, power wise, but they are sure are finicky and picky when it comes to amplification, you need to mate them with the perfect companion amp
The HD800 are actually very hard to drive, quite possibly the most difficult dynamic headphones in current production. It's all down to the quirks of the ring radiator [driver] and the rather large difference is impedance over the frequency range. [...] it takes a very well designed amp to make them behave.
My understanding:Either people need colorations/ distortions in their source in order to enjoy the hd800,or the myth of the perfect matching amp is used to silence people that just don't enjoy the hd800.I skip the incentive to just spend more money.
Quote from: saratoga on 09 March, 2013, 11:54:41 PMGenerally speaking, the kinds of quality, high performance amps being discussed in this thread have no "sound signature" at all.What a great and concise statement. Unfortunately, in this statement still some ambiguity remains.By "high performance amp", you could be talking either of a theoretical one, or one that is too expensive.
I have been wondering a thing i have noticed with my Headphones : HD 280 Pro.If i play loud, the word S sound very, overexerted(if that´s the word).But if i lower the volume, it sounds more in tune with the rest of what´s played.Well it´s pretty much all treble that get´s ruined if i play to loud (to loud depends on the sound itself).I wonder, does this have anything to do with the soundcard not being able to produce enough power to the headphone?Or is it just that the Headphones aren´t able to produce stable treble at higher volumes?
I currently use an USB microphone, it works very good, but it got noise from the DAC, so it´s not "Studio" quality, i don´t really think any USB is that though.
QuoteI currently use an USB microphone, it works very good, but it got noise from the DAC, so it´s not "Studio" quality, i don´t really think any USB is that though.I separate USB mics into two general categories. I'd classify this as a "studio-style" microphone. I don't own one, but I'd expect good quality. Of course, you are not going to find many $100 USD mics in a pro studio (except for SM57s). The other category is "gaming"or "communications" microphones, like this, which I would not recommend for music recording.
But now i have to get a proper DAC that doesn´t add hiss in the lower frequencies.
Quote from: zerowalker on 12 March, 2013, 07:08:07 PMBut now i have to get a proper DAC that doesn´t add hiss in the lower frequencies.DACs wouldn't do that themselves would they?
Isn't "hiss in the higher frequencies" a contradiction? Hiss is high frequency noise, or at least is dominated by high frequencies.
Quote from: probedb on 13 March, 2013, 09:33:44 AMDACs wouldn't do that themselves would they?They don´t;S?Well i am not knowledgable within this. But i get Hiss, and it must come from the Soundcard, not sure from where.But i thought it must be the DAC, as after it´s converted to Analogue, the hiss must be added somehow i guess, not sure how it works:S
DACs wouldn't do that themselves would they?
We're starting to bump up against TOS #8.Please attempt to support these sound quality claims.
I guess he's just talking about a high noise floor..
Quote from: xnor on 13 March, 2013, 11:36:13 AMI guess he's just talking about a high noise floor..That´s probably the word:)!And isn´t that improved/removed with higher end DACs?