Try connecting the Headphone amp's input to the fixed level Tape out of the Yamaha and it should sound better. You don't want two volume controls in the circuit if you can avoid it
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Sorry for asking the obvious, but have you tried the different gain settings on the headphone amp? With 6 watts of power, that amp should be able to drive all the headphones you mentioned to very loud levels. Does the CD player have a volume control on it (some do)?
What sources do you want to listen to? You can connect two devices to that amp and connect the SE pass to your Yamaha.
As mentioned above, if there's a tape out/record out on your Yamaha, that is probably your best way to connect.
Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate your help in this.
No tape out/record out. I guess it is because it is an older Yamaha made for surround. It has a main out and that is as close to tape out as I will get. I have a tape out on my Pass Labs X1 but I don't have it hooked up.
My main concern is just using the amplifier with a source it plays my LCD-2's and Sennheiser 6x's on low to medium volume. I understand the 6x's because they are 200 ohm, but the LCD's I felt should play louder. I can't be the only one who listens to music at a high volume level. I'm not talking hearing damage level, just loud. My Sennheiser PX 100's play loud but they are a portable that play loud on an iPhone. It may be my choice of headphones just don't get loud. I'm getting a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50's soon so I will probably know then if my decision to get a headphone amp needed the right headphones for my taste or if they just don't make them to listen to loud music.