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post #16 of 42
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Originally posted by Mike Scarpitti
These phones are highly sensitive and designed for portables with low power, such as minidisc players. I would not advise using an amp with them.
Mike Scarpitti is highly unreliable and designed for giving answers with low value, such as those in this thread. I would not advise listening to him.
post #17 of 42
Thread Starter 
well, that's good to know since I would be using a D-EJ955, which definitely isn't on the high output side. I'm still probably going to get the Meta MINT, at least for use with other phones and as a good "door opener" to other phones, and then just use the 888's straight into the 955.

I'm still not quite sure what you mean by the "can't you read?" comment.... I didn't see anything wrong with using the 888's with an amp as long as the volume was kept in check. And if the purpose of an amp is not only to provide more volume when needed, but also to provide better sound quality at lower volumes, then what would the harm really be as long as I didn't crank the volume too high?
post #18 of 42
Go for a MINT or an A47. Build it with low gain, no more than 3 or 5. This also lets you use the line-out of your player, if you have one.

My V6s, for example, at 63 ohms and 106 dB, get plenty loud out of a portable. But they're so much cleaner and punchier out of my Jung multiloop amp.
post #19 of 42
I'm wondering the same question too since I've reached a certain "plateau" (nothing beats my gold E888 for sound quality AND usability) and I would like to get a better sound with the many portable headphones that I have.

However, instead of the MINT/portable META42, cmoy, CHA47 or any other amps, I'm thinking of getting the Supermini. I know that it's possible to get better amps depending on the configuration, but I really do need the amp to be as small as possible and fit in the same pant pocket as my MPIO FL100.

Will the Supermini help with my E888? If so, by how much?
post #20 of 42
Dragonlong,

E888 improves slightly with proper amplification. I didn't have significant improvement in sound quality w/ E888 and Meta. I had Super mini (one of the original version), and the sound quality was only slightly better.

I believe it is better for you to find a better source, say one of the legendary discman. E888 has no problem sounding very impressive with the collection of my Discmans.

Purk
post #21 of 42
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Originally posted by akar
Mike Scarpitti is highly unreliable and designed for giving answers with low value, such as those in this thread. I would not advise listening to him.
I would advise listening to me. Otherwise you're likely to ruin your phones.
post #22 of 42
Quote:
Originally posted by appar111
well, that's good to know since I would be using a D-EJ955, which definitely isn't on the high output side. I'm still probably going to get the Meta MINT, at least for use with other phones and as a good "door opener" to other phones, and then just use the 888's straight into the 955.

I'm still not quite sure what you mean by the "can't you read?" comment.... I didn't see anything wrong with using the 888's with an amp as long as the volume was kept in check. And if the purpose of an amp is not only to provide more volume when needed, but also to provide better sound quality at lower volumes, then what would the harm really be as long as I didn't crank the volume too high?
The power level that the 888 fontopia buds can accept is MUCH LESS than a full-size headphone. They're designed and intended for LOW-POWER sources. 108 db sensitivity.
post #23 of 42
Thread Starter 
Mike-
Regardless of some of the other head-fiers opinions on your advice, I would definitely agree with you and err on the side of being much more careful with the 888's. I rechecked my finances and looks like an amp won't be a possibility in the near future anyway... so it looks like I won't have to worry about it. Although, even without an amp, I will still be careful of cranking the 888's, especially during the delicate (for the 888's biocellulose material) break-in period.

thanks to everyone for your advice-- didn't mean to start a turf war!

appar111
post #24 of 42
Quote:
Originally posted by appar111
Mike-
Regardless of some of the other head-fiers opinions on your advice, I would definitely agree with you and err on the side of being much more careful with the 888's. I rechecked my finances and looks like an amp won't be a possibility in the near future anyway... so it looks like I won't have to worry about it. Although, even without an amp, I will still be careful of cranking the 888's, especially during the delicate (for the 888's biocellulose material) break-in period.

thanks to everyone for your advice-- didn't mean to start a turf war!

appar111
I own a pair of these and use them occasionally with my MZ-R50. PLENTY LOUDNESS!
post #25 of 42
Loudness != Quality sound. I've taken low impedance earbuds including the 888's and used them with various amps with no problem or ill effects.
post #26 of 42
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Originally posted by dokebi
Loudness != Quality sound. I've taken low impedance earbuds including the 888's and used them with various amps with no problem or ill effects.

Sigh.
post #27 of 42
Thread Starter 
Since when does loudness = quality sound? That's just an ignorant statement to make. I could say that I had the loudest subwoofer in the trunk of my car, does that make it the highest quality? Or maybe I just misunderstood what you were trying to say..

I can see where one can use lowe impedance cans with amps without ill effects, as long as they have a reasonable power handling capacity. But if they are low ohms, very sensitive AND have low power handling capability, like the 888's, I can see why one would need to take extra care to not blow them with too much juice....
post #28 of 42
Quote:
Originally posted by appar111
Since when does loudness = quality sound? That's just an ignorant statement to make. I could say that I had the loudest subwoofer in the trunk of my car, does that make it the highest quality? Or maybe I just misunderstood what you were trying to say..

I can see where one can use lowe impedance cans with amps without ill effects, as long as they have a reasonable power handling capacity. But if they are low ohms, very sensitive AND have low power handling capability, like the 888's, I can see why one would need to take extra care to not blow them with too much juice....
!= means "does not equal".
post #29 of 42
Quote:
Originally posted by Rizumu
!= means "does not equal".
I understood, but the original poster did not.
post #30 of 42
Thread Starter 
Nope, I surely didn't! lol....

Just so I don't blow $40 on the 888's, I think I'll keep them away from any amp i may purchase, and save that for more robust cans with more power handling capability.
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