On The Precipice of Buying More Amps

Writing Audio Reviews is a Slippery Slope for my Wallet. Mountain Metaphors.

This was supposed to just be a comparison of portable headphone amplifiers, and a discussion of how, beyond a certain level of quality, it’s hard to tell the difference between different amps.

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I took this photo months ago when I started writing this article. Sorry for the dust. Black electronics collect dust continuously lest they are kept in an air-sealed chamber.
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My Collection

Currently, I’ve got a Soundblaster E1, a SoundblasterX G5, an Astro Mixamp, and a Schiit Fulla.

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I’m glad I finally found a place to put these pictures. I’m glad that Schiit’s gear isn’t all black, and thus has higher dust immunity.
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The Spoiler

I got some DT990’s last week. I’ve been listening to them, and enjoying them quite a bit. They’ve got a love-it-or-hate-it sound signature that’s aggressive in many areas that, in my opinion, are useful for critical listening.

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I Can’t Do This

Yes, there’s a small difference between headphone amps. And you can hear it with the right headphones. I’ve even read measurements showing differences in distortion, frequency curve, and power delivery. And the placebo effect is probably worming its way in there too.

Don’t fill your desk with cubes.

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I do radio voice work by day, and write by day and night. I studied film and production. I love audio, design, and music. Also video games.

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