Focusrite pro 40 headphone amp
Old 29th December 2012
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Focusrite pro 40 headphone amp

Hi,

Just want to start out by saying, I don't know much about headphone amps.

I was thinking about getting the sennheiser 650 headphones, but I am not sure if I will need an amp. I currently have the focusrite pro 40 and have been using my akg 702 headphones in it, which seems to work fine, although I am not sure if it would be much better if I bought a headphone amp.

I tried looking on the focusrite site, but couldn't find anything.

Does anyone know if the focusrite is suitable for the sennheiser 650's?

The nominal impedance on those is 300 ohms
Old 30th December 2012
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Hi,

Just want to start out by saying, I don't know much about headphone amps.

I was thinking about getting the sennheiser 650 headphones, but I am not sure if I will need an amp. I currently have the focusrite pro 40 and have been using my akg 702 headphones in it, which seems to work fine, although I am not sure if it would be much better if I bought a headphone amp.

I tried looking on the focusrite site, but couldn't find anything.

Does anyone know if the focusrite is suitable for the sennheiser 650's?


The nominal impedance on those is 300 ohms

I use my SP40 and Sennheiser 580's every day. I also use my classic 414's that I'm pretty sure are 2k ohms - the SP40 drives them fine.

Since you can create a mix just for 7/8 9/10 that is dedicated to the Headphone outputs you have a lot of control regarding levels.

What are your specific concerns about needing the amp?

-D
Old 30th December 2012
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Thanks for your input. My main concern is that I am not getting all that I could out of my AKG 702's or that I would not have enough power for the Sennheiser 650's. I have never used a headphone amp before, so not really sure what the difference would be.

I agree, there is a fair amount of power that is sent out from the output controls in the SP40. What confused me a little is that Focusrite posted a kind of apology that their headphone amps aren't that strong, because they wanted to avoid clipping at all costs.



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I use my SP40 and Sennheiser 580's every day. I also use my classic 414's that I'm pretty sure are 2k ohms - the SP40 drives them fine.

Since you can create a mix just for 7/8 9/10 that is dedicated to the Headphone outputs you have a lot of control regarding levels.

What are your specific concerns about needing the amp?

-D
Old 2nd February 2015
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I'd like to pick up on this older thread:

I'm going to buy AKG K-712 headphones, and I am wondering if my focusrite saffire 40 headphone amp will be sufficient?

And if not: are there any decent headphone amps for under 200€/$ ??
Old 3rd February 2015
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I'd like to pick up on this older thread:

I'm going to buy AKG K-712 headphones, and I am wondering if my focusrite saffire 40 headphone amp will be sufficient?

And if not: are there any decent headphone amps for under 200€/$ ??
I believe, it will be fine (according to my experience with Saffire 24 DSP).

But, external headphone amps aren't just about increased power, but also about more refined sound.

Anyway..
for instance Lake People makes very good amps.
(although symmetric version is 300EUR)
PHONE-AMP G103-P - violectric.de

Also quite Schiit amps are reported as quite nice
Schiit Audio, Headphone amps and DACs made in USA.

Another option would be spending some more cash and use of older Benchmark DAC-1. Which is sometimes possible to spot around 300-400 EUR.
Its headphone amp is very good sounding one and it would be also conversion improvement.

Michal
Old 3rd February 2015
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thx for the input!

yeah, i've been thinking of getting a new DAC for a while, but other expenses always came first.. maybe this will be a reason to do this
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