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Originally Posted by phospholipid View Post
sirrah, do you amp your SE530's, at all, and if so, with a portable amp? if so, with what?
Absolutely.

The amp is a Practical Devices XM4 with an Analog Devices AD822 OPAMP mod.

Sounds 10x better than my Zen V:M's headphone out.

Use of the amp has nothing to do with volume. Volume is off the chart either through the Zen's headphone out or through the line out to my amp.

It's more so a matter of general sound quality.

With the XM4 (especially with the incredible sounding AD822 OPAMP), the overall mix is twice as thick sounding, soundstage is improved, but especially the bass is much better.

The guy at Head-fi who pushed me to try the AD822 OPAMP insisted that it lends the XM4 a tubish type warmth and he was dead on with his description. Very warm and lush sounding OPAMP, almost 'fuzzy' like a tube. I've tried three other OPAMP upgrades in the XM4 and the AD822 is king to my ear.

So yeah.

The amp with my SE530's is something I just about HAVE to have.

I occasionally listen sans amp, like when jogging or some other activity with lots of motion but if at all possible, I'll always use the amp.

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BTW:

Today was my first several hour road test of my portable rig hack!!

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Man! It worked so damn well!

I just clipped that sucker on my belt, sort of behind my right most belt loop, and went about my three to four hours of errands today, rocking out the whole time.

Shopping at Fry's, grocery shopping, paying insurance, buying used CD's ... all over town.

It's amazing how many people will approach you to say, "Hey! What is that thing hanging off the back of your pants?" Seriously ...

It was so liberating and effective! I can't even describe how great it was to not have to carry that thing or try and shove it in my pockets.

Highly recommend it if anyone has a similar portable setup.
    
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The balanced output is what intrigues me most, and really it's not all that expensive...
Thats what I'd use it for, as well. (what I'm replacing the receiver with is a Behringer A500 power amp, which would naturally accept balanced inputs. The specs on this amp are good for hi-fi gear, and downright incredible for professional equipment (especially at it's price point). I had one around for a few days a year or so ago before I installed it for a client and fell in love with it - I've wanted one ever since.
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i am awesome
only you would give me such a thorough answer [i ask you, because we have very similar music taste]. i plan on gettin a RSA tomahawk for my SE530's. when i do, i'm going to build it into my motorcycle jacket with an LOD. thank you sir.
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only you would give me such a thorough answer [i ask you, because we have very similar music taste]. i plan on gettin a RSA tomahawk for my SE530's. when i do, i'm going to build it into my motorcycle jacket with an LOD. thank you sir.
With the amp, be sure to go LOD as you'll not be getting any benefits (really) if you just go out of your PMP's headphone out to your amp.
    
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Chipp... I just can't help but laugh ever time I see your Avatar...

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I crack myself up!!!!

ROFL!!!!
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I crack myself up!!!!

ROFL!!!!
Aw, hell. Now you got me going.

    
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s1rrah's seriously thinking about the ESI X46 XL:

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I've actually been watching for an official shipping/release date for a few months now but it seems to be perpetually in development.
Triggerc's thinking about flying to Japan to pick up a Onkyo SE-150 PCI, MASSIVE CAPACITORS!
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Hmm i havnt got into any of the portable stuff

Im really loving my MS-2s

I love how it has a upfront sound and isnt dull.

Now more muddy sounding DT770s YAY!
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