your desktop amp should have enough juice to power something as easy as <250 ohm loads... (ie the 80 Ohms that you are asking about)
I suppose it might come down to how loud you like to listen to music and what you enjoy hearing... (I have seen high powered desktop amps have people complain that “it’s not powerful enough”.
I myself like to set the volume, generally, to the vocal level of what the singers are puting out. Doesn’t work for all genres.... (I feel super fortunate that I have a valve living room setup that can be cranked enough to make the whispers in a Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails track sound like rock chorus’)
To each their own, but yeah - any desktop amp should ‘power’ full sized cans below 600ohms. Good amps obviously desirable for 600ohmers.
OF course amps need to have synergy.
I have some Beyers that are ‘treble rich’. Generally wouldn’t want to pair them with a ‘warm’ amp or any upstream electronics that make treble richer. (bad combo)
System synergy is what it is about.
What I don’t understand is why you want a ‘fun’ sound.
Given the purpose of that desktop amp, I would have thought you would want something more akin to flatline.
(the headphones then can be used as a tool for mixing/monitoring)
In the Australian local market, we had some crazy deals at EB Games in January on some Definitive Technology Symphony 1’s. ($129 Aus)
Yes I know it is February.
Often when something has been ‘so bargain’, it gets snapped up just to ‘try em out’. With the parts being resold by many a month or so later (generally broken in, and ‘ready to go’).
Those Symphony 1’s do not have build quality I would trust for everyday street use... ie My Bowers & Wilkins P7s have been thrown in a bag, sans case for years and show no signs of damage, whereas the Symphony 1’s in a soft case have already got some ‘rips’ in the leatherette finish.
Do I think the Symphony 1s are brilliant? Yes
And if you want fun sound with them, they can engage their inbuilt amplifier which changes the play back a little towards ‘engaging’, same as with the ActiveNoiseCancellation.. otherwise the straight sound is definitely geared towards flatline sound.
I would think these would meet your wishes at a few levels.. low ohmage/easy to drive, useful in a range of situations, and likely findable near to your budget. (if on sale, as they should be/might be)
To be fair they launched for >$700 (Aus), and seeing them for $129 made them a must buy if only out of curiosity.
They are my goto headphones due to their incredible soundstage (for a closed can), and flatter playback than majority of the junk that is sold.
Definitive Technology attempted a one ‘can to rule them all build. Early reviews (all three of them) were not glowing, the saddest being a write up that they sound bad when fed a cable (From a person using an iphone 5 as a source; said they distorted). 50mm (large driver headphones) that can handle high volume levels and sound fantastic have led me to the same finding (that none of my ‘basic’ headphone amps have enough volume for how loud I find myself WANTING to listen to them). They are truly a great set of ‘cans that offer that ‘turn it up’ sound.
No doubt a lack of glowing reviews turned many away from considering them.
And naturally, many do not have the confidence to post finding against the ‘powers that be’.
My take is that they sound fantastic when fed a line source (or through Bluetooth/or using their own DAC via USB), and I cannot believe they flew so far under the radar so as to be on clearance for bargain basement pricepoints.
Something to consider that is always on sale at a price that will meet your present budget would be some Audio Technica gaming headphones. (they make open and closed backs at a couple of pricepoints)
It looks to me like AudioTechnica wanted to break into the gaming market, and haven’t done the ridiculous price markup that gaming headphones typically have (ie $150 dollar gaming headphones ~ $60 regular headphones).
I would actually say, based on a lot of research, that Audio Technica are giving ‘better value’ for money than vs their regular headsets, with their gaming headphones.
I have recommended to numerous people to grab a set at $99 (regular special at JB hifi). All have thanked me immeasurably. The bigger brothers at double the price point are super special as well, but do not feature the removeable microphone etc. (as an aside the microphones are very good quality too)