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Amp for ATH-M50

post #1 of 11
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Hello all!
Now, after a lot of reading I thought its time to register for this forum
After an unsuccessful try in another forum I hope you guy can help!


What amp would suit a ATH-M50?

Should be:
  • USB powered
  • USB connection (to bypass the MacBook Pro's sound card)
  • small, "portable" (but not to carry around, just small + stationary for laptop)
  • <200$

Thanks for your input!
post #2 of 11

Hmmmm....fiio E3 and E5 are the only ones I can think of. They might bring out some of the lower end, but you won't notice a huge difference in SQ. I would say to not buy an amp and save the money to buy an amp when you really need it. The M50's are already easy enough to drive unamped.

post #3 of 11

From what you've specified, it sounds like a Fiio E7 would be right up your alley.

 

And...I just noticed that this thread is almost two years old...

 

That's one heck of a necro-bump.


Edited by TheGame21x - 9/26/10 at 8:48pm
post #4 of 11

for the price, I would strongly recommend checking the ibasso D4 (just over $200 new). I never heard it but did have the D10 and most put the D4 with it's dual DACs slightly above D10..and would expect it to be much better than fiio. 

size wise it it pretty much what you need and as far as I understand you can run the DAC and AMP through USB without batteries at 5V and with batteries you can increase the output to 9V. however, this is from memory so please check on their site or here in head-fi...

 

PS. seems like what you are looking for is a DAC/AMP if you want to bypass macbook pro's sound card... 

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damn....just realized that this thread is 2 years old.....


Edited by LevA - 9/26/10 at 8:48pm
post #5 of 11

Just tried the Fiio E3 I had laying around on my week-old M50. It worked MAGIC on the bass. 

 

Ok, I have to admit M50's unampped bass is already quite good. But after plugging into the E3, bass got a TON more articulate and defined, bass-heavy 'beats' in music much less bloated (so called 'boom boom fart') and more punchy, but still got that signature M50 sub-bass rumble. In fact, I think the sub-bass is even more amplified now - which is good because it increases the 'feel' of the bass without interfering with the clarity of the bass.

post #6 of 11

Necromancy thread?

 

Where da zombies at?

post #7 of 11
Don't worry about necromancy. There are many others such as myself who are looking for an amp with the same specs OP requested. I would love to see more advice.
post #8 of 11

Get nothing.  M50 don't need an amp. 

post #9 of 11

Meh. Maybe to you. If the OP wants a little more fun with these headphones he would definitely benefit from an amp. I find the M50's bass weak so maybe something with a bass boost would suit you like the Fiio E7.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post

Get nothing.  M50 don't need an amp. 



 

post #10 of 11

Actually a lot of people have said M50 don't really need an amp and I am just passing on the message.  tongue_smile.gif

 

This is one for instance:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/547441/amatuer-non-technical-review-ath-m50-denon-d2000-shure-840-all-with-and-without-ttvj-slim#post_7379881

 

Amping did almost nothing for the m50's, almost nothing at all. I'm sure there must be a tecnical difference that some chart could highlight, but for me, a totally casual non-audiophile, there is NO difference. The m50's are perfect on there own coming from the iPod.

 

I dunno how fun it would be to buy an amp and it made no difference to the sound ya know.

 

post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post

Actually a lot of people have said M50 don't really need an amp and I am just passing on the message.  tongue_smile.gif

 

This is one for instance:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/547441/amatuer-non-technical-review-ath-m50-denon-d2000-shure-840-all-with-and-without-ttvj-slim#post_7379881

 

Amping did almost nothing for the m50's, almost nothing at all. I'm sure there must be a tecnical difference that some chart could highlight, but for me, a totally casual non-audiophile, there is NO difference. The m50's are perfect on there own coming from the iPod.

 

I dunno how fun it would be to buy an amp and it made no difference to the sound ya know.

 


True, all have different tastes. I'm a bit of a basshead though. Theres a few others like me who find the M50 bass lacking, but there are many more who think it is just fine. Depends what amp you get though. Like I said, I'm sure the M50's could surely handle some more bass and sound great with it.
 

 

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