Which headphones are more power hungry?

Let us pick some headphones for the test...

Here is the list from www.headphone.com. So, which pair you believe need the highest power to drive?

"Selection Guide: Top Picks for Audiophiles" retrieved 10 Feb 2014

The MOST POWER HUNGRY pair are HiFiMAN HE-500, 159mW is required to reach the 110dB.

HiFiMAN HE-500

The second one is Audeze LCD-2 Bamboo, 117mW is required. (Please refer to "Headphone Amp Power Calculator" to find out the answer and "7 STEPs Find Out How Much Amplifier Power is Enough" for more calculation details)

Audeze LCD-2 Bamboo

Output power is needed to drive the headphones reaching 110dB Dynamic Range


  1. Dont forget Hifiman HE-6 (50 Ohm,77dB/mW) 110dB = 1995mW

  2. and Discount model AKG K1000 (150 Ohm,74dB/mW) 110dB = 3981mW