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Confusion about headphone amps

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I'm sort of confused about this whole headphone amplifier thing.

I have a DT 990 pro, which is 250 Ohm, a Yamaha AG03 and no headphone amp. I'm also not planning on upgrading right now.

Well, my confusion stems from the fact, that the AG03 can drive them painstakinkly loud, if I wanted to. At least that's what I feel. And if I understood everything correctly, an amplifier usually makes audio louder.

Considering, that I already feel like the DT990s sound pretty good with my current setup, I'm sort of confused about all that headphone amp fuzz...

Enlighten me, if you want.

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An amp is for turning a line voltage from a DAC (digital to analog converter) into a higher voltage and for providing current capacity that a DAC isn't meant to handle. Your Yamaha AG03 has an amp built in, which is why it doesn't need an external amplifier.


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1 hour ago, startrek03 said:

I'm sort of confused about this whole headphone amplifier thing.

I have a DT 990 pro, which is 250 Ohm, a Yamaha AG03 and no headphone amp. I'm also not planning on upgrading right now.

Well, my confusion stems from the fact, that the AG03 can drive them painstakinkly loud, if I wanted to. At least that's what I feel. And if I understood everything correctly, an amplifier usually makes audio louder.

Considering, that I already feel like the DT990s sound pretty good with my current setup, I'm sort of confused about all that headphone amp fuzz...

Enlighten me, if you want.

Yes. An amplifier isn't needed if you already have a built in one. Except for maybe a PC mobo that isn't really fully capable of driving the 990's. But yeah @BobVonBob is right.


PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb 3000mhz, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm W/Straight cable and Dekoni Elite Velour Pads 

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

The T.bone SC400 XLR mic

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

Read this post if you want a "gaming" headset ;)

 

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