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qu3L
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Feb 21, 2017
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Do I need a DAC or amp for this? Can I plug it into my PC?
Feb 21, 2017
weirdwei
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Feb 21, 2017
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Thx00 are easy to drive. You do not need amp or DAC. It works out of my phone / iPad / onboard soundcard just fine. Assuming you don't listen to ear bleeding volumes. It's recommended to buy a separate 1/4 to 3.5mm extension for it since your PC and Mobile devices can't accommodate 1/4 connection.
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Feb 21, 2017
ilcg1
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Feb 22, 2017
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Not necessary as they are easy to drive, BUT to get them to their full potential it is better to run them with good dac/amp.
Feb 22, 2017
Crozone
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Apr 8, 2017
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Although these are low impedance headphones and you don't need a dedicated amp to get them loud, I still recommend you use a high quality source or a dedicated amp. People mistakenly think that low impedance is "easy to drive". What it actually means is that you need low voltages, but high current. This means that if your amp can't deliver sustained current (because its caps are too small), you will get a sharp bass rolloff since low frequency is where the signal exhibits the most DC-like current. Additionally, you'll want an amp that has a very low internal resistance/output impedance, and also has very little hiss (since low impedance headphones pick up low voltage high frequency noise very easily). Usually amps advertise that they're optimised to work well with low impedance headphones like these and many IEMS.
Modern iPods and iPhones seem to have a fairly solid audio design so you should be okay with those, but many smartphones and laptops have really shitty audio chipsets. As a random aside, if you happen to have an iPod mini, it suffers from really bad bass rolloff because of the capacitor issue. I use an iPod 5.5g with these and a FiiO E18, and both sound great (the iPod 5.5g hisses quite a lot though). On the other hand, when I use these directly with my Lumia 950, they sound really muddy, have no sub-bass, and muffled mids. It's night and day.
Apr 8, 2017
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