Connecting Headphones - Best Way?

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    Seppi Evans

    Headphones are a very personal thing so can just reply with what I have been doing…

    I used to have a dedicated headphone amplifier but likewise have Children (lots) so my hi-if is nothing like it used to be. I now have two pairs of headphones, a wired pair of Grado SR80i’s which are my “hi-if” headphones and use them on the iPhone / iPad and Bluesound devices using the internal amp. I also have and use most days a pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones which work well as I can move around and not worry about wires. Personally I would now not buy anything beyond the SR80i (or current equivalent) as they are blooming good and musical.

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    Grantrobertson247

    Thank you.

    How do you physically connect the headphones? What's the best physical connection?

    And do you really need a headphone amp?

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    Seppi Evans

    Grado’s - wired to Bluesound 

    AKG - Bluetooth AptX to Bluesound 

    No headphone amp used, wired does give a much better sound, partly due to the Grado’s.

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    Davywhizz

    I love Grado headphones: there has to be something special about a company that hasn't paid for advertising since the '60s. One big benefit of them is they are all only 32 ohms, so easier to drive than many quality brands. Thus I found the headphone output on my Node 2i was just powerful enough for Grados, but not for my AKG K702s (62 ohms). So I bought a Fiio K5 Pro headphone amp/DAC for not too much cash, to run off the Node's digital coax output (I use the RCA output to connect to my hifi). I now prefer it for all phones, as there's more headroom.

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    Grantrobertson247

    Thanks.

    And the Sony 360 Reality support?
    Not through the Node?

    I can't see much online

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    Grantrobertson247

    My query was more about the connection method.

    Option 1 or Option 2 ? 

     

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    Seppi Evans

    Both both myself and Davywhizz answered…

     

    “Grado’s - wired to Bluesound 

    AKG - Bluetooth AptX to Bluesound 

    No headphone amp used, wired does give a much better sound, partly due to the Grado’s.”

     

    AND from Daveywhizz…

     

    “Thus I found the headphone output on my Node 2i was just powerful enough for Grados, but not for my AKG K702s (62 ohms). So I bought a Fiio K5 Pro headphone amp/DAC for not too much cash, to run off the Node's digital coax output (I use the RCA output to connect to my hifi). I now prefer it for all phones, as there's more headroom.”

     

     

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    Grantrobertson247

    Ah - thanks . 

    So both my options are actually wired - it was just whether to use the headphone out (with MQA?) / RCA out (with MQA?) / digital out (no MQA?) and which would be the preferred wired. Bluetooth isn't an option (I don't think you can use Bluetooth headphones on the Node 2 at all - only Node 2i). 

    As for Davey reply - was the headphone clean, albeit not powerful enough ? Or was power/headroom the main factor ? 

     

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    Seppi Evans

    Try the cheapest option first, use the internal headphone amp and see how you go.

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    Grantrobertson247

    Thanks Seppi.

     

    I couldn't get fancy headphones - so I got these >>> https://www.behringer.com/product.html?modelCode=P0E3Q

    The review seems decent - but will arriving on Thursday.

    In a direct A-B comparison between the BH 470 and studio headphones that sell for around 200 Euros, the results seem to proves that the studio headphones aren’t too expensive, rather than the BH 470 are on sale too cheap. The differences to be heard are rather very slight, other models may certainly represent the upper-frequency range more concisely, but you don’t miss it when just listening, it’s simply a pleasing sound. In the studio, their transparency and credible sound are good, but the slight bass accentuation is a bit strange when producing and mixing. After all, for this job, a truer sound is needed

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    Davywhizz

    I found the Node headphone output was clean and good quality, just not quite loud enough for higher impedance  phones. The BH 470s run at 32 ohms, same as Grado's, so you might find the volume is OK. 

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