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Changed the thread, didn't order the ultrasone. I ended up ordering the beyerdynamics as they look so comfortable and that is key here.

So which entry amp would I need to actually make a difference. I was going to get the asus xonar dgx to go with them, for positional ques in games etc. Though if an amp is required with these I will just go with that instead for now.

This? Or are there any better alternatives around that price point or do I need to go higher.
http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E11-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0053KWDES/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381970325&sr=8-1&keywords=FiiO+E11
Edited by This calling - 10/16/13 at 5:39pm
post #2 of 13
Try them with the xonar and see if they can get loud enough. Regardless of volume, a dedicated amp would improve their sound a bit. Go with a Schiit magni, don't waste money on Fiio.
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The magni is better and quite a bit more powerful for only $20 more
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

The magni is better and quite a bit more powerful for only $20 more
I offer the same opinion.
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honestly since it is made in america I probably would have bought a Modi /Magni (however I kinda need one more amp /dac for another computer

but for serveral reasons... a. I ordered right before the modi /Magni was announced ....I own a E07K / E09K and it is a solid combo one thing that is very nice indeed about choosing the FiiO E07K/E09K option is the E07K is portable and sounds really good on it's own so you can take it with use to use w/ your phone or tablet or iphone or whatever....


the Schiit stuff is pretty compelling but the FiiO stuff has some merit in it's own right...
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Had them on for a few hours, love the comfort of them and the build. For that reason alone I am keeping them, downsides - coiled cable leak alot of sound(they are supposed to I know). They are no where near as punchy or lively/in your face as the CALS I sent back, though I am chalking that up to the fact they need an amp to bring all that out right?
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you mean the cable has microphonics? does it make noise when you rub it? Creative Aurvana Live/Denon AH-D1001 definitely have a warm sound signature.
    
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Had them on for a few hours, love the comfort of them and the build. For that reason alone I am keeping them, downsides - coiled cable leak alot of sound(they are supposed to I know). They are no where near as punchy or lively/in your face as the CALS I sent back, though I am chalking that up to the fact they need an amp to bring all that out right?

Yeup.

And get the magni or a used O2 amp if you can find one in your price range.
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post #10 of 13
you will get a nice warm sound signature out of something like the Aune T1 over the Schiit Magni or even the new Schiit Vali.
    
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