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I wouldn't buy this to drive headphones since the front output is almost certainly driven off the main power amp through a resistor ladder which will increase the noise floor and output impedance. It's a great little T-amp for speakers though. Very efficient and plenty of power.
My Harman Kardon reciever doesn't drive my LCD-2's very well at all through it's headphone jack, which I suppose is understandable. I'm looking for an amp to pair with my receiver to give it that boost it needs for when I need to wear headphones when I am watching a film. You think this would be a bad pair?
Probably just use a dedicated headphone amp for that. I got a Gustard H10 from Massdrop to pair with my LCD-2's, and it sounds great. Perhaps you don't want to spend that much though--what would your budget be?
I don't want to spend a lot. I have a fully balanced Schiit Stack in my office - I just bring my headphones down to watch movies as to not wake my son sometimes. I just want something cheap that can drive them.
There are better headphone amps than this for less money. I'd use this to drive a set of speakers.
Not sure of anything that is truly cheap that can drive the LCD-2 properly. A Garage1217 Project Polaris is a powerful enough AMP to drive just about any headphone. They will run you about $250. I use mine to drive my HE-500 and it has plenty of power. It's the best price performance in a powerful AMP I can think of.
you're missing my point, i could likely just do it with a schiit magni, i was just hoping to get something off of mass drop- again, im not looking for audiophile grade listening to music. thats why i have my balanced stack - i just need something to fill out my cans a little more than straight from my receiver.
I wonder what the headphone jack on your receiver outputs, 'cause the LCD-2 is actually pretty damn sensitive (contrary to popular belief). The only issue is movies tend to be super quiet. Have you gotten anything yet? The xDuoo that's dropping right now could probably do the trick and give a bit of room to play around with tubes.
It's a 125W per channel, 7.2, receiver, the highest end Harmon Kardon offered a year or two back. The LCD-s may be sensitive, but just because they get loud doesn't mean that they're being driven correctly. The bass sounds like someone blowing a rasberry, there no impact, no quality. I'm sure HK never intended audiophile grade headphones being driven from the front of their receiver. I'll check out the drop you mentioned, again, I don't need anything fancy - I have fancy - I just want to watch my movies. I may end up just getting a used magni or something on Headfi but I like MD and want to support MD.
I would not purchase the SA-160 to drive your LCD-2. I think of it like this is made a speaker amp primarily, and they added a headphone jack as a secondary and it keeps me happy that way. If you have a top of the line HK receiver I can not see a $80 amp winning in sound quality. It will get as loud maybe louder but you will most likely be in the same situation of being not happy on quality. I personally use an O2/ODAC combo with RCAs to SA-160 to speakers for my computer and only use the combo unit for my headphones since it already has what I hear to be a better amp.
Yeah I really should have pulled the trigger on that same set up but cheaped out. I don't need top of the mountain quality because again, movies not music, but I would like a decent range and full bass at the very least.