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I only have a pair of hd598 and akg 7xx headphones paired with Schiit Fulla dac/amp. Would this be an overkill for my 100-200$ headphones?
I think they're a good match
I don't think so, but even if it was, upgrading your audio setup doesn't have to all be done at once. If you have an amp that out-classes your headphones, it just means you don't need to upgrade when you decide to get better headphones.
Great, thanks for your reply. I'm a newb with this audio hobby. How do we determine whether the amp outclasses the headphone and vice versa? I'm see all these charts/numbers with mW/ohm and khz I don't really understand.
It's not really relevant IMO, if you want the amp/DAC, get it. To be honest, good solid-state amps sound pretty much the same, you're paying for features/design/power etc. If you have headphones with low-impedance and low power requirements (ex. Senn 598s), you don't really need an amp. If you have some planar monsters (ex. LCD 3s), you might need an amp. It's really up to you to decide if it's worth the cost and if you think your headphones will "scale."
Eh, the numbers aren't super important. The main number to look at is power so that you know whether it can put out enough power for your headphones or not (and this is mainly if you have high-impedance headphones). A lot of audio comes down to synergy. Certain amps may be great with certain speakers or headphones, but only decent with others. Typically, you want to start with the components closest to your ears and move back. What I mean is that usually, your headphones (or speakers) will make the biggest difference, followed by your amp, followed by your DAC (if we're talking digital audio of course). You've already got some good headphones, so now you can get more out of them with the m9XX. I think the m9XX is a good buy for you, because it might be a bit above your headphones, but not by a ton, so you're not wasting your money on equipment you can't take advantage of, but you're also not getting something you'll want to upgrade as soon as you upgrade your headphones. I did the same thing with my Woo Audio WA7, and I have no regrets.
I own the full-featured Grace m920 (which I also got from here), and we have several Grace m101 microphone preamps at my work, and I can tell you that they make very good products, and I think you would be very satisfied with your purchase.