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bierfeldt
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Looking for a good - inexpensive amp and set of headphones

I am looking for a high quality headphone amp but don't want to spend a fortune - I don't need an internal DAC. I expect to use the tape loop outputs on my Brio R to provide the signal. This will give me acces to my turntable, CD player and electronic files. A few products I am considering are the

Creek OBH 11 for $275 - older version and has been replaced by the 21
Grado RA 1 though I am unenthusiastic about it due to it being battery powered at $350
Creek OBH 21 for $375
Rega EAR for $395
Music Hall PH25.2 at $399

I will likely pair this with a Musical Fidelity MF-100s or Grado SR225e headphones. Thoughts on any of this equipment, headphone amp or headphones would be great. I could not possibly know less about headphone audio.

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Creek, Rega, Music Hall - all

Creek, Rega, Music Hall - all should be adequate. I'd invest the extra cash for a Grado 325 instead of the 225. I have the MF-200 headphone, which sounds great but clamps like a vise.

bierfeldt
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For Christmas

I got a Creek OBH-11 and a pair of Thinksound On1s. I am very pleasantly surprised at how much better the little Creek amp sounds. The Thinksounds are spectacular but the Creek even delivered a noteworthy improvement on my cheap Sony earbuds. First rate addition to my system.

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