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post #16 of 32
Well I agree that there is a nice improvement in sound but I have decided it's not worth the baggage...

This depends on the device however. I started out amping my Palm Tungsten E and the difference between being amped and not amped with my E2Cs was huge and made it almost a neccessity.

I got my IPOD and I tried listening through the line out (via a Maxell dock line out) and it cetainly did sound a bit better than directly from the headphone jack but I decided it wasn't worth the extra bagage.

It's kind of nice to just throw the IPOD in your pocket, plug the headphones in and go instead of packing it all in the bag, hooking up the cables, turning on the amp, etc. At this point I've decided it's not woth the baggage. I already carry far too much stuff as it is.
post #17 of 32
I voted the 2nd option, because (A) I don't have the money for an amp, and (B) my portable equipment doesn't have a true line-out to benefit from most amps besides Boostaroo (most have volume controls and are meant to be run via line-out, right?)..
post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by grumbles
So, is there some sort of ridiculously insane performance increase when using headphone amps?
Depending upon source, amp & phones... in my case - YES.

Daily commutes are just so much more bearable with maximum soundquality. I plan to add me an ultraportable system though, one that I can just have in my jacket for whenever I'm out and about clubbing or so.
post #19 of 32
Well I've been thinkin' about that too, and I don't really think I'd use an amp all along with my ipod unless when I travel. I'll probably get a little cmoy just to use in that situation, but on a daily basis I want to keep it trully portable, 'cause I already carry a lot of stuff.
post #20 of 32
They're a nice improvement, and worth the baggage - but NOT a necessity. So I'd answer between the 1st and 2nd choices on the poll.
post #21 of 32
If you have a really good portable source I don't see the need for an amp.
post #22 of 32
Amped for me... but IMHO my creative MuVo output is lacking by itself. so its all relative I guess.
post #23 of 32
Perhaps if you use it for a semi portable rig that you use for air travelling or while working, as long as you do not own a player with a bass roll off in the headphone jack (i.e. pre 5G iPods). A full size headphone might make a difference too.. An amo for walking to work seems... excessive.

You will most likely get way better results if you put the money into a good IEM rather than a cheaper IEM and a cheap amp.
post #24 of 32
I would vote between 1 and 2 as well... I have a 4G B/w iPod, so not using the headphone jack is preferable if only to avoid static noises, but I prefer the bass definition in particular using an amp.

That said, at times (like mowing the lawn ) I'll just plug straight into the headphone out.
post #25 of 32
I voted for #1, but truthfully I believe it really depends on your listening needs/objectives and the quality of your other equipment. I think people tend to jump on the amp bandwagon too soon (i.e., before they have made an appropriate investment in high quality phones). My opinion is that, up to a point, those dollars are more effectively spent on better phones. Obviously, the further up the scale you go (especially in the full size cans department), the greater the need for an amp to drive them appropriately. Not to mention that the fact that the improvements that a good amp can provide are much more fully realized on high quality phones. So, for me (i.e., someone who has 'invested' way too much money in high quality headphones), a good amp is a necessity. For someone happy listening to an iPod's headphone out on a pair of sub-$100 IEM's (and I truly envy this person...seriously), an amp is probably a waste of money. My .02.
post #26 of 32
I voted " I dont see a need" but really its I dont have a need.
Some people debate how thin and light their player is compared to another , and then they attatch 5lbs of amps and hoses (actually cables the size of radiator hoses) and bungie cords to their ultraslim player to make up for its sound quality or to drive headphones that are designed for a home system.
When I use a portable player I use portable
eargear ...Thats the point of portability.
Perhaps I am missing the idea of the portable amp ? or I havent found the need.
post #27 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bmclaurin
I voted for #1, but truthfully I believe it really depends on your listening needs/objectives and the quality of your other equipment. I think people tend to jump on the amp bandwagon too soon (i.e., before they have made an appropriate investment in high quality phones). My opinion is that, up to a point, those dollars are more effectively spent on better phones. Obviously, the further up the scale you go (especially in the full size cans department), the greater the need for an amp to drive them appropriately. Not to mention that the fact that the improvements that a good amp can provide are much more fully realized on high quality phones. So, for me (i.e., someone who has 'invested' way too much money in high quality headphones), a good amp is a necessity. For someone happy listening to an iPod's headphone out on a pair of sub-$100 IEM's (and I truly envy this person...seriously), an amp is probably a waste of money. My .02.
Probably the best answer yet.

Thanks for your input, everyone.
post #28 of 32

Hey guys i've got a portable rig question here maybe you can help

 

So do you think this would work?

 

portable cell phone charger--->odac--->c421----->cans

 

Yes? no? maybe?

 

I'd really like to use the odac+c421 because of the price to performance ratio. If you can tell me how to make it work or have something even better id love to hear it. Thanks

post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by thecansmancan View Post

Hey guys i've got a portable rig question here maybe you can help

 

So do you think this would work?

 

portable cell phone charger--->odac--->c421----->cans

 

Yes? no? maybe?

 

I'd really like to use the odac+c421 because of the price to performance ratio. If you can tell me how to make it work or have something even better id love to hear it. Thanks

So your cellphone charger can output sound? If yes then it will work... but I highly doubt so

Btw nice job necro'ing a 6 years dead thread.

post #30 of 32

Necro of the century.

 

 

And naw, it won't work.

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