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I'm currently a college student, and while on campus I listen to music while walking between classes. All I have player-wise is my iPhone, and I have a pair of Brainwavz M2 IEMs. The Brainwavz really improved sound quality over my last pair of IEMs (Skullcandys ), but I was wondering if I would benefit any more from a portable amp like a FiiO, or if my iPhone would just be a bottleneck for sound quality. I know an iPhone isn't an ideal music player, but I don't really have the money to buy a standalone one now, and it would be kind of a pain to carry a phone and a player.
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If im not mistaken an amplifier will just make it louder.
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I use a fiio e11 with my iphone4 and it sounds amazing compared to the ip4 amp. Make sure you get the line out cable for it though because that also makes a huge difference
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I don't think it would be worth it. Your Iphone will restrict some quality. It is possible you may see some benefit if you are playing some good ALAC songs, I am not entirely sure though. If you want something with more power I would consider setting a desktop rig.
    
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Sure the Iphone will restrict some quality, but if you use the lineout (dock connector) then your replacing the internal amp with a much more powerful model, ready to drive some big headphones. Dont underestimate the capability of an iPhone for music.
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Sure the Iphone will restrict some quality, but if you use the lineout (dock connector) then your replacing the internal amp with a much more powerful model, ready to drive some big headphones. Dont underestimate the capability of an iPhone for music.
I see... I didn't know you could do that. Where could you get one?
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post #7 of 24
No, you're better off investing in better earphones with that money.
yes, it'll improve it but it's not really the best option for the price in terms of improving your overall sound quality.
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No, you're better off investing in better earphones with that money.
yes, it'll improve it but it's not really the best option for the price in terms of improving your overall sound quality.
Well, I don't really have the money to spend on headphones. I know my M2s aren't the best IEMs you can buy, but I felt like they were good bang for my buck. Like I said, I'm in college, so I don't have very deep pockets.
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Idk with the Iphone, but with my Ipod the line out is digital so my Fio E7 also acts as the DAC (sound card basically) and an amp so the sound quality is much improved and worth it . Also, amps don't just make it louder, but drive the speaker/headphone better.
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Idk with the Iphone, but with my Ipod the line out is digital so my Fio E7 also acts as the DAC (sound card basically) and an amp so the sound quality is much improved and worth it . Also, amps don't just make it louder, but drive the speaker/headphone better.
But it's not worth it for the earphones he's using
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