Originally Posted by FrederikS|TPU
LiveWires sound great out of a decent low gain headphone amplifier. Right now I am using mine with a Tomahawk. They don't hiss with the amp but straight out of the D2 they hiss a bit.
The hiss is nothing compared to a Zen Vision M! Even the lineout sucks. The ZVM lineout and a $200 (used price!) Super Macro 3 didnt sound as good to my ears as a D2 headphone out and a cheap Cmoy! The unamped and amped difference was much more noticable with the D2 and cmoy than it was with a $200 (used price!) SM3 and ZVM lineout
! There is less hiss even with a cheap Cmoy, i imagine with the SM3 there would be even less and much better SQ when used with the D2. Lineout isn't the be-all-and-end-all with a very good SQ player IMO. Amp the d2, amp the Sony's, amp the i7!
After Xmas i am going to buy an iBasso D2 Boa to test against my u control alone and u control with cmoy/fiio e5 (soon to be released!) and if it is better, which i think it will be, it will go in my portable rig (u control usb power only) and replace the Cmoy in my bed rig. I will keep the E5 though, and sell the U-C, and giveaway the Cmoy.
Then if a FiiO DAC or DAC/amp comes out i will test it or the DAC and FiiO e5 (depending on if it is a DAC/AMP combo) against the other two, and if it is better than the Boa and U Control (with and without cmoy/fiio e5) then the Cmoy will be given away, and the Boa will be sold, along with the U Control. I doubt it will beat the Boa, but if it is close then i will sell it, as the price difference im sure will be large, and the SQ difference small (especially if the Fiio DAC does have an internal amp, with the Fiio E5 attatched too using the DAC/AMP as a DAC + pre-amp, it may be pretty damn good SQ!)
Out of interest, Frederik, UNAMPED
, what volume do you use on the d2 with a flat EQ, stereo enhance on 2, Surround on 4, BBE on 2, and M3B on 10? (i love these settings by the way! Ooodles of bass, and my beloved treble sparkle too
) I worry about my hearing, and only go to 8 MAX
(bus) on those settings. Out of interest, what vol. do you use on those settings? I would love to know if my volume is safe or not... I worry about it so much!
Thanks in advance Frederik,