So years back, I decided that since at the time I did not have a set of monitors, I would invest in a nice expensive set of headphones to mix on. What I chose was the AKG k 240 df, which being as I had no idea about such things, I decided upon by simply reading a catalog and opting for the most expensive... The write ups were good as well.
What I did not know, and frankly still don't get, is that they were 2 x 600 ohms, which I discovered meant that none of the mixers, or converters, or even headphone distribution amps I owned could make these damn things get loud enough without distorting. I can tell they sound very nice, at least at the incredibly quiet level I can hear them at.
I don't have the dough for a crazy audiophile headphone amp, and I have tempted to try the inexpensive amps out there like the Cmoy altoid cans, but alas, they offer no significant amplification.
Frankly, I was ready to chuck the damn things into the ocean, when I just happened to plug them into my 15 year old not-so-fancy Yamaha receiver only to be amazed that it pushes these things amazingly, and with more headroom than I could ever need (without distorting at all).
My question is, what can I do to get such performance from my audio gear? Or should I just get some adapters and rack my old receiver? I am assuming that it has something to do with the fact that there is no amplification (or at least not at all a significant amount) in the phones section of my audio gear... Or am I missing something?