Bit perplexed as to why headphone listening through my Macbook Pro (+ AQ Dragonfly Black DAC) should sound more engaging than the same headphones through my N272 (+ XSPDR + ER).
Not really a fair matchup – so you’d think – so the obvious conclusion is my mobile-device optimised headphones are a poor match for the Naim streamer. Phones in question are Pinnacle P1 (impedance 50 Ohms at 1 kHz, sensitivity 96±3 dB (1mW at 1 kHz).
The N272 manual doesn’t appear to give any info on recommended headphone specs. Yet according to a review, the N272 is ‘designed to drive a wide range of headphones well…’