The Benefits of Headphone Amplifiers
Headphone amplifiers are often used by serious listeners, if you’re not serious, then stop reading immediately. Headphones possess unique characteristics such as impedance and sensitivity that differ greatly from speakers. Amplifiers manufactured specifically to drive headphones allow the headphones to play to they greatest potential sound quality. Like headphones themselves, amplifiers differ greatly in quality, harmonic-coloration and spatial-focus. Some employ vacuum tube circuitry and some transistors. Like choosing an amplifier to match a particular set of speakers you will choose an amp which compliments your particular flavor of headphones and which presents the resulting sound with the aesthetic quality that you desire in the way of harmonics (tone) and spatial presentation. Headphone amplifiers are available as battery-powered for portability or for use in the home.