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"DAPs. When you’re sitting on the subway or working in a noisy open-plan office, do you really need much more than a smartphone and a pair of efficient headphones? This is not a rhetorical question…I’m serious. Are $99-499 DAPs really that much better than phones in real-world use? Are there good reasons for carrying $1,000-$3,500 devices around in your backpack or briefcase? Are there use cases that I’m overlooking? I’m ready to listen, but at the moment, enthusiasm for a...
  This x1000000. You don't need a balanced source, but you do need a balanced HP connection. One cable switcheroo was, for me, the difference between under and over whelmed. As reported, SE is not "bad" but if it is (for some reason) you're only use, you might as well get a different amp.
The IE800s are certainly transparent. If the recording sucks they'll let you know.
I love these earphones. Just stopped in to reiterate.
Noooooo... the M9 gets pretty hot, and vents on the top. If you have good sized feet/risers on your other components....maybe. I don't trust it though.
Can anyone comment on pairing th-900s with the M9?
 From the marketing literature: "scratch-resistant ceramic for the housing to ensure longevity"
Sure I like the HE-500 with other amps, Burson Soloist for one. I guess I am on the light side :)   Oh and to clarify - I agree 100% on the LCD-3 v200 = dull. However I didn't enjoy the v200 in general.
 Yeah, LCD-3. Interesting to know. I tried the v200 with HE-500 with the same result. My ears of course, and the v200 certainly could have been a dud. 
The M9 is a great amp and very neutral in my opinion. I have one feeding my LCD-3fs. I have it paired with a slightly warm DAC and the source sounds very true. Pair it with a very neutral DAC and I believe you'll have a very neutral chain for your LCD-X with gobs of power with a lush sound. You definitely want to run balanced, the SE out is lacking in comparison.    As an aside, I auditioned a v200 (have not tried the v281) and found it to be very colored and congested...
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