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I am by no means and audiophile but quality clean crisp music is something I have always loved especially in car stereos. I bought a pair of the klipsch image x-10's during black Friday and I am obsessed with them they are so far passed any headphones I have used. This brings me to my question, I am looking to get an iPhone line out dock cable and am looking to get a decent headphone amp for use with my phone and my computer. Any suggestions? Not looking to break the bank, would prefer to keep it under $100 thumb.gif
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im also in the same situation. id like to get some info too

i got myself the Audio Technica M50
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I have the ath-m50 also. Love them. I'm looking at buying the Fiio e7 and e9 combo. The fiio e7 is a headphone amplifier. You could go with that.
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http://www.head-fi.org/u/177424/bowei006
my account on Head-Fi

For the 2 M50's users. Popular amps in that range are:
E11-$65
Cmoy JDlabs-$60
PA2V2-$66

I don't have these 3 but can summarize stuff for you. The e11 is usually loved with the M50's. the other two have been said to have weak bass as they do clarity more. Keep in mind, that all 3 are extremely clear. WE just have to differntiate down even more. This is like asking which screw is small. the one that is .0010mm or the one that is .0011mm? They are already clear. we just have to go down another level of description

The e11's have a bass boost and have good driving power. They are loved

For the Klipsch owner...we and from most things i know about it..klipsch isn't the best sound. just letting you know that developing a brand loyalty to them at this stage is not good. go make an account on head fi the next time you buy. we can help better

I don't know how sensitiive first hand the IEM's are...do you like bass in it? does it already have some but want more? then the E11 will work...make sure however to set it in low gain mode first. and if when it reaches max volume it still isn't loud enough THEN go to high gain setting. doing this wrong could blow your IEM's. This is an full size headphone amp. do you like awesome clarity? the PA2V2 or JDlabs Cmoy are probably for you then. go do some research on them. i can't reocmmend any of them as i don't own those 3 but know a bit about them through reading. head fi is a great place to read

"Love them. I'm looking at buying the Fiio e7 and e9 combo. The fiio e7 is a headphone amplifier. You could go with that."
Why?? The M50's are not hard to dirve at all. That is more of a power setup that doesn't emphasis sound. the E17 is superior sounding to the E7 and the E9(the E9 has it's own sound signature, some think it's not as good as E17) Read ClieOS review on head fi
http://www.head-fi.org/t/587912/fiio-e17-alpen-first-impression-final-thought/735#post_8096116

If you have questions you can reply in this thread on OCN and i can help you. I know......probably one of the few that know a lot about the E17 since i have asked and contacted all the reviewers and main company about it many times and am very active.

The E7 is more of a DAC and less of an amp. it just has an amp section :/ the E9 is a budget high impendance amp. you don't need it for your M50's. do you need a DAC? so basically use E17 portably and then use as an external sound card for computer? if yes. then the e17 is definatley for you. if you just need a portable amp. there are others that are better. there are some better pure amp suggestions in clieoOS review above
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There is no reason to spend exuberant amounts on DACs and Amps. A good amp is one that has the ability to give enough power to resolve the music, if there is any coloration with an amp it is inherently not neutral and therefore not a good amp. The same logic can, and should, be applied to DACs and audio gear.

The only reason to get an amp is if you cannot get enough volume out of your current hardware. Looking at the specs your IEMs have 50 Ohms of nominal resistance and may well need some amping. If this is the case anything in the Fiio range should be a good fit.

Also I don't think many (any) audiophiles would consider a car stereo to be anywhere next to being "crisp" or Hi-Fi.
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There is no reason to spend exuberant amounts on DACs and Amps. A good amp is one that has the ability to give enough power to resolve the music, if there is any coloration with an amp it is inherently not neutral and therefore not a good amp. The same logic can, and should, be applied to DACs and audio gear.
The only reason to get an amp is if you cannot get enough volume out of your current hardware. Looking at the specs your IEMs have 50 Ohms of nominal resistance and may well need some amping. If this is the case anything in the Fiio range should be a good fit.
Also I don't think many (any) audiophiles would consider a car stereo to be anywhere next to being "crisp" or Hi-Fi.

While an amp and DAC that gives a flat line, clean responce would be "audiophile" so is coloration now a days. Many find the flat responce to be too boring. OMG what is happening?!?! there are many who use studio monitor's and what not.
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Thank you for the replies. I think I have decided on the e17 when it comes out. Yes it is a little bit more than $100 but it looks promising biggrin.gif. Will be hooking it up via usb to my macbook pro playing only flac/lossless files. Next step will be a new set of cans but that is in the future, I am not looking to drop that much money right now. thumb.gif
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Thank you for the replies. I think I have decided on the e17 when it comes out. Yes it is a little bit more than $100 but it looks promising biggrin.gif. Will be hooking it up via usb to my macbook pro playing only flac/lossless files. Next step will be a new set of cans but that is in the future, I am not looking to drop that much money right now. thumb.gif

want any info on it. i am one of the only headphoneus supremuses that are active thta has and has been posting a lot about it biggrin.gif
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@bowei006, can the E17 be used with a Fuze or does that bypass the DAC portion?
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@bowei006, can the E17 be used with a Fuze or does that bypass the DAC portion?

the E17 and most amp and DAC units WILL NOT bypass the DAC of your portable player. only devices that output a digitial signal MAY (not always) be able to use the DAC in these. the E17 with an LOD(only for walkman and ipods and iphones) will bypass the walkman or apple devices amp. not DAC. if you use the E17 with your fuze, it will dual amp. meaning u will use both the amp of your fuze and E17 together. the e17 comes with the cable needed to do this.
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