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Shure e500's and amps, any Good combos?

post #1 of 31
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Im geting a pair of Shure e500s. I was considering the Shure e500's and Little Dot Micro as my portable combo.

Anyone ever use this combo?

What about the e500s and these amps
Go-Vibe V6
iBasso T2
And a DIY cMoy
post #2 of 31
The E500's have a sensitivity of 119DB which is very high.

Are you sure you need an external amp?

Do you have a line out of your DAP?
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tbonner1 View Post
The E500's have a sensitivity of 119DB which is very high.

Are you sure you need an external amp?

Do you have a line out of your DAP?


Going to be used with an ipod. Using the lineout connector.
post #4 of 31
The Little Dot MKI is a very low-end amp, so I'd say that pairing it with the E500s would be a travesty. Out of interest, could you point us to these reviews? I haven't come across any yet.
post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 
Sorry, got it confused with the little dot micro.
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Im looking to spend ~$100 on an amp. I just spent $249 on the e500s.

Im also looking at the
Go-Vibe V6
iBasso T2
And a DIY cMoy
post #7 of 31
From what I have read around the forums, I would say go with the Go-Vibe V6
post #8 of 31
I personally feel that the go-vibe's bass is a bit bloated. So couple that with the e500's bass, you might get something super bloated. Just my opinion.
post #9 of 31
Be careful. I have a Xin Supermini III, and as I turn the volume up, the left channel is at full volume while the right channel doesn't reach the same level until it is too loud. I then have to use the volume control on the Shures which I think hurts the sound.

These things are too easy to drive sometimes.
post #10 of 31
I'm also considering amping my soon to arrive SE530s. Surely they will sound better amped instead of straight from the ipod right?

What do they sound like from the super mini Rob?
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by Nuwidol View Post
I'm also considering amping my soon to arrive SE530s. Surely they will sound better amped instead of straight from the ipod right?

What do they sound like from the super mini Rob?
No doubt that they will be amped. They should be. I just dont know what amp to go with.
post #12 of 31
The Little Dot Micro produces audible hiss with the E500's. You will need to invest in something different if you want a clean output with the E500's.
post #13 of 31
The Tomahawk is amazing with the e500s - it was designed with them in mind, but, of course, it's a bit outside your budget. (Well, this is head-fi, after all...)
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by Nuwidol View Post
I'm also considering amping my soon to arrive SE530s. Surely they will sound better amped instead of straight from the ipod right?

What do they sound like from the super mini Rob?
I like the sound with the Supermini aside from having to use the attenuator.

However, overall the treble is severaly lacking for my taste. The bass and mids are wonderful, but without the treble, it sounds dark. Not a fault of the amp but of the E500s. I have read a lot about the Tomahawk and Shures, so I would look in that direction if you have the funds.

I don't use graphs to decide what headphones sound like, but the severe roll of in the highs in the graph match what I hear.



Therefore, I'd look for an amp that will bring the highs out.
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by The Boatman View Post
The Tomahawk is amazing with the e500s - it was designed with them in mind, but, of course, it's a bit outside your budget. (Well, this is head-fi, after all...)
I'll second that notion. If you can, save up the extra bucks and wait for a used Tomahawk to hit the for sale forum.

I use Sensaphonics 2X-S out the Tomahawk, and when I can steal them, my girlfriend's E500. They seem to have a just-right synergy with this amp. In the mean time, the E500 straight out of the hp out of your player is not a bad choice. We have 1st and 2nd gen Shuffles and Nanos floating around the house at all times and all do a decent job.
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