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post #16 of 29
Yes, get an Amp3 (there is a thread on it). It outperformed the iBasso T4 by a mile (I sold the T4 after I got it), but you also get a fully functioning MP3/WMA player, and a hi-quality set of ear buds with it. It can be used strictly as an amp, or a player. It's not slim, but it's powerful. Some of the people who own it use it primarily as an amp (PM average_joe for details). It's got an intro sale price of $150 right now, and it's a really high-quality DAP. Just a suggestion. Again, read the thread in the portable source gear forum.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by copperdusk View Post
Thank you muchly! I think I' going to go with the D2+ Boa, unless somebody else has another suggestion.
The D3 is one good improvement, but thats way over your budget
post #18 of 29
i'd suggest spending that $150 on a better headphone instead. a amp is nice only if you have a headphone to hear the difference with. you could get some really nice headphones for $150 plus a basic cmoy, which would be a better investment for your money IMO.

look into headphones such as the PX100/PortaPro, V6, RX700, AD700, etc. all good starter phones. most of them won't even need an amp to sound good too.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by SemiAudiophile View Post
i'd suggest spending that $150 on a better headphone instead. a amp is nice only if you have a headphone to hear the difference with. you could get some really nice headphones for $150 plus a basic cmoy, which would be a better investment for your money IMO.

look into headphones such as the PX100/PortaPro, V6, RX700, AD700, etc. all good starter phones. most of them won't even need an amp to sound good too.
This is legit.

$150 could arguably get you much more in headphones than a $150 amp could do for your RP-HTX7.
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
Yeah I know that, but this is actually going to be a birthday present from a relative. Due to some strange circumstances, I'm going to save up my own cash to get a better pair of headphones (most likely some A700's).
post #21 of 29
TBH, in portable you could get more bang with your headphones, but if you use your laptop a lot, then the D2 Boa will make your laptop sound REALLY clean and clear. So I think because he is using both things, he might get a lot of bang for his buck with the amp and dac, depending on how much laptop use. ALSO, because the D2+ has a line out, it can be used a DAC only and fed to a bigger amp if he wants to upgrade in the future.
post #22 of 29
I just bought my first pair of decent headphones (ATH-ES7s) that should be arriving soon, and I'm sure they'll blow my mind compared to the **** I used to listen on before, but I was wondering if it'd be worth it to grab a DAC/amp combo? The D2 Boa and the HeadRoom Total Bit Head are both about $150, and both companies also sell stand-alone amps for $100, if that would be a better value (I know what DACs and amps are, and what they do, but as far as purchasing or knowing brands, I'm clueless).

I listen mostly on my Win XP 64bit desktop (integrated sound) and a decent bit on my iPhone. I also plan on listening a fair bit from my work computer, and once I get my Macbook repaired, listening again on that, too (so I figure buying a PCI soundcard wouldn't be the best investment)

The alternate option is spending $200 instead of $150 and grabbing a pair of D2000s for home-only listening, and no amps or DACs.

Which would be the better value?
post #23 of 29
For the ES7's, you really don't need an amp, but the D2000's will need one. I would go with the ibasso, because it comes with a line out function, meaning if you want to upgrade amps later on, you can feed the the amp by using the D2's dac. Not sure about hte ES7's with an amp, but the ESW9's scaled pretty well with the D2 Boa.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Scott_Tarlow View Post
For the ES7's, you really don't need an amp, but the D2000's will need one. I would go with the ibasso, because it comes with a line out function, meaning if you want to upgrade amps later on, you can feed the the amp by using the D2's dac. Not sure about hte ES7's with an amp, but the ESW9's scaled pretty well with the D2 Boa.
Yeah, I know the ES7s don't really need an amp, but I was wondering if I'd hear a solid difference anyway -- from what I've read, amps will make even low-impedance cans sound better (plus there's the DAC to think about).

I've also heard from some people with D2000s on what.cd that they actually work fine unamped despite their reputation for low sensitivity.

Either way, I'm looking for which will be the biggest upgrade from un-amped ES7s using a computer source -- ES7 + D2 Boa, or D2000s with no amp?

Of course, I do plan on eventually having ES7s, D2000s, and an amp/DAC combo, but I only really have the ability to spend $200 from my first paycheck at my new job (provided I even get it, but I'm optimistic on that front).
post #25 of 29
Those people haven't heard the D2000 amped, or amped very well. To me, the ESW9 blows the D2000 away unamped, and they are about the same price. When both are amped, the D2000 is the better phone.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Scott_Tarlow View Post
Those people haven't heard the D2000 amped, or amped very well. To me, the ESW9 blows the D2000 away unamped, and they are about the same price. When both are amped, the D2000 is the better phone.
I should also mention that I prefer full-size cans for comfort, so I'm not considering the ESW9s right now (though I hear great things about them).

Maybe after grabbing the Boa and D2000s, I would definitely consider buying a pair of ESW9s for portable un-amped listening (I know some people are into lugging their amps everywhere, but that doesn't sound too fun to me), as an upgrade from the ES7s.

I guess what I mean to say, is that I know I want a portable-size DAC/amp, and I want the D2000s, but I don't know what order to get them in, because there may be as much as a month's wait between purchasing both, and I figure I might as well have the better listening experience sooner rather than later.

If the D2000s improve that dramatically with an amp, it sounds like maybe I should get the Boa first and just use it at home with my ES7s until I can buy the D2000s?
post #27 of 29
yep
post #28 of 29
I also need a dac/amp, because the sound of my soundcard is really bad. My budget is also around 150 bucks. I was thinking of a iBasso D2+, Headroom Total Bithead and a AMB mini3 + Bantam DAC (DIY). What would be the best sounding solution?
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
Yes, get an Amp3 (there is a thread on it). It outperformed the iBasso T4 by a mile (I sold the T4 after I got it), but you also get a fully functioning MP3/WMA player, and a hi-quality set of ear buds with it. It can be used strictly as an amp, or a player. It's not slim, but it's powerful. Some of the people who own it use it primarily as an amp (PM average_joe for details). It's got an intro sale price of $150 right now, and it's a really high-quality DAP. Just a suggestion. Again, read the thread in the portable source gear forum.
The AMP3 is great sounding, but there is one negative at this time when used as an amp...hiss. Only with very sensitive IEMs in my experience, but there is more hiss when used as an amp than as a DAP. When using say the KSC75, there is no hiss.

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Originally Posted by SemiAudiophile View Post
i'd suggest spending that $150 on a better headphone instead. a amp is nice only if you have a headphone to hear the difference with. you could get some really nice headphones for $150 plus a basic cmoy, which would be a better investment for your money IMO.

look into headphones such as the PX100/PortaPro, V6, RX700, AD700, etc. all good starter phones. most of them won't even need an amp to sound good too.
I would agree, but my experience with the AMP3 has somewhat changed my view on this. I have $30 (well, now $19) IEMs, the Philips SHE9500 which sound decent for the price, but with the AMP3 they compete with (my NE-7). My KSC75 sounds OK with my other sources, but with my AMP3 it sounds amazing, which is making me think I need to buy other full sized headphones to try with the AMP3.
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