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alright. I've never experienced that problem when I had HD595's or with the 555's I have now.

If you want bassy cans you should look at a pair of Beyer DT770 Pro/80's.
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So I've been PMing off and on with this guy from Head-fi ... we both are new HD595 owners and we both are thinking about possibly exchanging for the HD600's ...

Anyway ... he's never used an amp before and was asking me to describe the impact made by the XM4 amp and especially it's impact on bass presence when using the bass boost circuit.

I tried to explain how it added a bit of fullness and punch to whatever you listen too but then decided to just record a few demo mp3's to illustrate the difference.

Following find a download link to a zip file containing the test tracks.

I simply ran the XM4's headphone out (using the Zen player) to my soundcards input; also, for each track there is an unamped version where I'm running from the Zen's normal headphone out.

Not very accurate due to the various processing points along the way but it does show the difference between amped and unamped scenarios fairly well.

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XM4 Bass Boost Demo (11mb .zip file)

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The XM4, entry level though it may be ... has a really nice bass boost circuit that works well with the HD595's ...

Just thought you all might like to listen ...

    
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Steelseries 5H v.2

I have them as well
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I keep hearing about these little amp things, and it gets me intrigued. I've just got a new pair of cans and i was wondering, could anyone point me to a decent, yet cheerfully priced unit? I've not idea what's what in this area..
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I keep hearing about these little amp things, and it gets me intrigued. I've just got a new pair of cans and i was wondering, could anyone point me to a decent, yet cheerfully priced unit? I've not idea what's what in this area..
Amps are fun ...

With the Shure IEM's ... the gain isn't so much in volume, as they are already fairly efficient whether driven by an Ipod or a sound card ... but the gain is more so in various frequency enhancements (highs, mids, lows) and especially soundstage.

A few notable entry level amps (100 to 250 US):

Practical Devices XM5: with the AD8620 OPAMP, this is a seriously fun amp; tons of features, bass boost, treble boost, adjustable for low impedance cans, etc.

C&C Box+: another cheap amp that's received decent reviews.

Headroom Total Bithead: again, some great reviews on this 150ish amp. Plus it's got a USB DAC (if your in to such things).

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What kind of cans did you pick up ??
    
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im thinking about buying a amp my spending limit is $150 and im driving sennheiser hd555's i just looked at the thread above me is this a good starter amp http://www.headb.com/box_plus/index.html
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Can i be added; ATH-A700
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Amps are fun ...

With the Shure IEM's ... the gain isn't so much in volume, as they are already fairly efficient whether driven by an Ipod or a sound card ... but the gain is more so in various frequency enhancements (highs, mids, lows) and especially soundstage.

A few notable entry level amps (100 to 250 US):

Practical Devices XM5: with the AD8620 OPAMP, this is a seriously fun amp; tons of features, bass boost, treble boost, adjustable for low impedance cans, etc.

C&C Box+: another cheap amp that's received decent reviews.

Headroom Total Bithead: again, some great reviews on this 150ish amp. Plus it's got a USB DAC (if your in to such things).

...

What kind of cans did you pick up ??
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im thinking about buying a amp my spending limit is $150 and im driving sennheiser hd555's i just looked at the thread above me is this a good starter amp http://www.headb.com/box_plus/index.html
read through the stickies, I have a roundup of about 8 different portable amps, most of them within your price range.

I would not recommend the total bithead.

For your price range I highly recommend a mini3
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Practical Devices XM5: with the AD8620 OPAMP, this is a seriously fun amp; tons of features, bass boost, treble boost, adjustable for low impedance cans, etc.

C&C Box+: another cheap amp that's received decent reviews.

Headroom Total Bithead: again, some great reviews on this 150ish amp. Plus it's got a USB DAC (if your in to such things).

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What kind of cans did you pick up ??
Those look alright, if a little bulky? I had planned to primarily use it with my mp3 player (old 5g Zen micro) because one assumes with a bigger pair of cans the battery wont last half as long as it would with a pair of earbuds.
Are there any smaller ones out there perchance?

Would the mini amp benefit my pc too? I've got Creative 5.1's and i run my headphones through the control panel jack, with onboard sound :s

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I picked up some Skullcandy Hesh's for cheap, sort of an impulse buy as well as they were one of the last pairs on sale. They look decent, and the sound isn't all that bad.
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Those look alright, if a little bulky? I had planned to primarily use it with my mp3 player (old 5g Zen micro) because one assumes with a bigger pair of cans the battery wont last half as long as it would with a pair of earbuds.
Are there any smaller ones out there perchance?

Would the mini amp benefit my pc too? I've got Creative 5.1's and i run my headphones through the control panel jack, with onboard sound :s

...

I picked up some Skullcandy Hesh's for cheap, sort of an impulse buy as well as they were one of the last pairs on sale. They look decent, and the sound isn't all that bad.
yes, an amp will help your sound card too.

you don't really need an amp w/ skulcandy.
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