I have a dedicated HT downstairs and, in my office, a lone Sony SACD (SCD-CE775) player. With the SACD player, I use only headphones right now, as I'm not been ready to invest in a receiver/speakers/etc just yet. My headphones are Sennheiser HD-495s and I use a HeadRoom TotalAirHead amp to power them. When I listen to the headphones at work with the amp using my laptop, the sound is pretty good, about as good as I think I can get in an office environment without spending too much money. There's no scratchiness and I can listen all day long with no headaches, etc. When I listen to music at home on the SACD player, the sound is scratchy at higher volumes (even though I don't play music very loud) or when the music is more 'dynamic.' I have no amp, so I connect the analog (RCA red-white) outputs directly to the headphone amp using one of those "mini to RCA" Y converters (which looks like this.) I tried using the headphone jack on the SACD player and connecting the headphone amp to that, but I get basically the same performance. So my question(s) are: Will a receiver/amplifier help here? Will the sound improve? I was toying with the notion of getting a budget Pioneer VSXD411 receiver to hold me over for a while. I might pull the trigger if I have some sort of guarantee that the sound will improve. Or am I just plain doing something wrong here in my existing setup? Thanks for your help.