Is there a need for a dedicated headphone amp with Mc amp and preamp?

Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by jchouston, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. jchouston

    jchouston Well-Known Member

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    Just scored a pair of AKG K280 Parabolic headphones and one user said they benefit from a dedicated headphone amp.

    Surely, my C32 and MC2505 would be sufficient without the need for additional gear, right?

    Note, I'm at work so I can't test them just yet; hence my question to help pass time until I can. =)
     

     

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  2. techguy0192

    techguy0192 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    The C32 will be more than adequate. The headphone jack is fed by the on-board monitor amp. Top jack - electrostatics. Bottom jack - low impedance.
     
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  3. jchouston

    jchouston Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    And, my God, I love your signature line...

    Any idea which would better serve those headphones: electrostatic or low impedance?
     
  4. techguy0192

    techguy0192 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    They're dynamic headphones so the lower jack will be fine.

    Regarding the signature....you can thank my buddy @biscuithead for that for that one.
     
  5. biscuithead

    biscuithead Me likes the eargasm retroplasm... Subscriber

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  6. jdcarlson

    jdcarlson Not Quite Good Enough for Jazz Subscriber

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    If a balanced cable is available for your 'phones, I would suggest driving them off of the 8 ohm tax from the 2505. I have Sennheiser HD600s with balanced cables that I am driving from a pair of MC2205s (one each in mono mode for each channel). I also have the regular "3 contact" cable. Believe me, the balanced cables make all the difference in the world. And the 2505 would have plenty of power (maybe too much if you are not careful). On my setup, the meters barely go above 0.02 watts. My normal "casual" listening level is about 0.002 watts. And, separating the negative leads (so each channel has distinct negative feeds) REALLY does add to the clarity and definition.
     
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  7. gregswaim

    gregswaim Neutral Organic Sound

    Stax are my reference for headphones and critical listening. Casual listening I use the wireless headphones from Sennheiser which work fine with the McIntosh HP jacks. Just my opinion. ;)
     
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