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post #11 of 24
Im using it with Sennheiser CX500s earphones and there defiantly is an improvement.
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post #12 of 24
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Seems to be some conflicting views. From what I read I thought the Brainwavz were pretty decent headphones. I really enjoy listening to music and was just wondering if there was anyway to improve the sound quality without spending more than like $40-$50
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post #13 of 24
They are decent, and there will be a somewhat noticeable difference with an amp. However, it will not be a big difference with the earbuds you have now. You really shouldn't consider getting an amp unless your going into the $150+ headphone range.
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post #14 of 24
I have the FiiO e7 for portable usage when I bring my headphones along. Given, I don't have an iPod or iPhone, only an Archos PMP. What the portable AMP does is properly power your headphones if you should choose to get some in the future. Since you are using earbuds, getting one would just be bulky and add to the pocket clutter.

I picked the e7 personally because it also works great in the car to boost the sound quality so I don't have to jack the car stereo to like 70 to get a decent volume level. Not to mention it is also a USB audio card.

Just my 2c.
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post #15 of 24
Yeah sure. Amps are always worth it. Quality is leagues better through amped headphones. FiiO amps are a great place to start, then maybe move up to something better if you feel it's needed.

To prevent loss due to overamping it's best to leave the iPhone's music volume at 75-80% and increase volume via the amp.

Hope that helps
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post #16 of 24
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Well, half the people are saying, "No, you need super expensive headphones", and the other half says "Go for it." What about getting this + this? I'd only be spending like $35-$40. If it's gonna make a difference, even not a huge one, I'd say it would be worth it.
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post #17 of 24
I only say the amps aren't worth it for you because a better pair of headphones would make 10x the difference that an amp will make. Amps are there for hard to drive headphones in the higher price range. Thats when amps shine. Amping average headphones is like putting high-octane fuel in a toyota. Will there be a difference? Probably. Will it be a worthy difference? I say no, but of course some people will disagree.
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Originally Posted by Wararchon View Post
I only say the amps aren't worth it for you because a better pair of headphones would make 10x the difference that an amp will make. Amps are there for hard to drive headphones in the higher price range. Thats when amps shine. Amping average headphones is like putting high-octane fuel in a toyota. Will there be a difference? Probably. Will it be a worthy difference? I say no, but of course some people will disagree.
Thanks for explaining your opinion. It's always helpful when someone gives reasoning behind their thoughts. Maybe instead of an amp I should be buying my music on CDs instead of from iTunes. I definitely notice a sound quality difference between MP3 and MPAA formats.
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post #19 of 24
Grab a pair of Yuin Pk3s instead of an amp http://www.head-direct.com/product_detail.php?p=5. Your sound quality will improve greatly, they don't need an amp. Rarely is an amp worth it in a portable system. An amp cuts down on the portability and is only required if you have hard to drive phones.
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Originally Posted by Wararchon View Post
I only say the amps aren't worth it for you because a better pair of headphones would make 10x the difference that an amp will make. Amps are there for hard to drive headphones in the higher price range. Thats when amps shine. Amping average headphones is like putting high-octane fuel in a toyota. Will there be a difference? Probably. Will it be a worthy difference? I say no, but of course some people will disagree.
This. This was my point tbh.
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