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Headphone Amps

What is a Headphone Amp?

A headphone amplifier is simply a miniature power amplifier specifically designed to drive the tiny speakers inside headphones.

Headphone amps are most useful with certain power-hungry high-impedance audiophile headphones that can benefit from the improved clean power of a dedicated amp. A headphone amp can improve detail resolution and dynamic range extension and maximize overall musical clarity.

Because headphones are often used with portable devices, some headphone amps are battery-powered for use on the go.  

Some headphone amps also include built-in digital to analog converters (DACs) with a USB or optical port to connect directly with a laptop, PC or tablet, as well as optical and coaxial connections for compatibility with other digital audio sources.

 

Why Do I Need A Headphone Amp?

Just like a good speaker, good headphones can benefit from the clean power of a headphone amplifier to sound their very best. 

How Do I Know if My Headphones Need an Amp?

Most good headphones can be improved with amplification, but a few absolutely require a headphone amp to perform well.

What is a DAC?

A DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) will turn your computer or other digital-output audio device into beautiful music.

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