Newbie question - dedicated headphone amp or is my McIntosh MA352 sufficient

Hi forum members,

I recently purchased the Hifiman HE1000 V2 headphones.  I currently own the McIntosh Ma352.  Is the headphone amp on this unit sufficient bring out the characteristic sound of this headphone or am I better served buying a dedicated headphone amp?  I appreciate your input.

I doubt it, but haven't owned your McIntosh. A good headphone amp is essential for getting the most from your headphones, and most included headphone amps are far from good. 
If you’ll be doing much headphone listening you’ll be happier with a dedicated amp. A good power supply is important, that’s what sets it apart from your built in headphone section. Audition with your headphones if possible.

Im using older AKG 340 phones, which are electrostatic/dynamic, and everybody says hard to drive. My Preamp is the McIntosh C15, and the headphone amp can handle these phones quite nicely, and would blow my ears off if I cranked it very hard. SO, try using your headphone amp and see what it will do--you might be surprised!

@sid42 great preamp that LiL giant killer C15, enjoy in good health !

To the OP, as many have said try but also audition a dedicated amp.

Old thread, I know, but I had the same question myself, so I’d like to add that while there is not much info on the headphone section, the owners manual DOES specify that it is for ‘low impedance headphones’, which rules out my preferred Audeze and Senns, among many others. Beyond that, if you have Grados or any other low impedance cans, whether or not it does the trick for you is a matter of personal taste. You can always add the awesome Mc MHA200 which looks and sounds like a mini MC275 and will drive just about anything (except maybe super power hungry cans like HE-6 or Abyss) to its full potential, especially if you do a little tube rolling to fine tune the sound to your taste.


YMMV and all that…