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can't see why buyers wouldn't just stretch 200 more dollars and go for the m9xx, which has better specs.
There's always something that's just a little more expensive and just a little better. People have to get off somewhere, right?
They do and unfortunately I can't get off with 2nd-rate. ;-)
Ah, but again, in different terms:
Everything is second-rate to something. =P
**Plus, I just can't afford to get the m9xx.
Gotta find some way to justify myself. ;)
Well okay, you can have fun then with that 10 ohms headphone output impedence. Where the m9xx is dead silent from 0-100 volume there is going to be all kinds of horrible floor noise in this amp if you are using anything better than entry level gear.
I've happily used an HDP for years with Sennheiser HD650 (300 Ohms), Oppo PM-3 (26 Ohms), and the original JAYS qJays (which I think are 32 Ohms, dual balanced armature). The only issue I've ever had at all with any of them was with the qJays, and that was only a minor channel imbalance at low volumes-- easily rectified by turning down the system volume on my computer. Of course, people's experiences will sometimes differ, but I think you're needlessly harping on the 10 Ohm impedance.
if you ever have to change your system volume that already means your dac/amp is failing you and making you do extra work (and lose quality). Either way the fact it is old tech and worth probably 150 or less still stands.
I don´t think that's what he meant. What megabigeye should do is to increase system volume up or near 0db and let the HDP handle the amplifying. In this case also no channel imbalance (which is caused by the volume control if I am not mistaken, it will balance the channels when slightly above zero point).