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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by ElectroGeek007 View Post

You know that headphone amplifiers are used primarily to improve the quality of sound, not to increase the volume...right?
Anyhow, I also can vouch for the quality and value of FiiO's products.

Please substantiate that claim. Amplifiers are by definition used to increase the power of a signal which increases volume. Any other noise or distortion introduced by an amplifier are side-effects.
Edited by Riou - 2/22/12 at 11:55am
post #12 of 17
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Try plugging in an HD800 by itself to an iPod, and see if it works well. tongue.gif

I don't know about the HD800s, but my HD555s sound just right directly plugged into my Xperia Neo thumb.gif

I'd have to try an amp and judge by myself though, always relied on the Xonar DX output.
   
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People usually make that mistake of amplification = increased volume too often, without thinking that amplifiers are supposed to better drive demanding audio output devices such as speakers and high-end headphones. Without proper amplification, volume output is reduced as well as the quality of sound.
Try plugging in an HD800 by itself to an iPod, and see if it works well. tongue.gif

well , how about Clip+ & LCD-2 ?

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it sounded pretty bad, but it looked rather funny so it took a picture.
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The only headphones I can think of that can be driven by most PMP's still relatively well are Grado's low-impedance ones such as the SR60 and SR80. Maybe the Sennheiser HD25-1 II too, as its ohm rating is pretty low for a midrange can.
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Proud owner of a fiio e11, I wouldn't buy an e11 again but i would definitely buy a different model instead. (the potentiometer is cheap and has started to wear)
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Been rocking my E7 for almost a year and love it. I gave away an E5 a while back and it's been passed on to 3 people now, each of which has decided to buy a better model smile.gif
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You know that headphone amplifiers are used primarily to improve the quality of sound, not to increase the volume...right?
Anyhow, I also can vouch for the quality and value of FiiO's products.

Please substantiate that claim. Amplifiers are by definition used to increase the power of a signal which increases volume. Any other noise or distortion introduced by an amplifier are side-effects.

What I meant by that is that a more powerful amplifier will be able to properly drive headphones that are difficult to drive (high ohms, and sometimes low sensitivity)(yes that is a simple explanation, but it will suffice), thus causing them to sound better than if they were driven directly from, say, a mobile device. An amplifier that actually changes the sound of the source material, of course, is far from ideal in most cases.
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