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What do I really need?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I ordered my sennheisers yesterday, hd 555's. I plan on primarily listening with my laptop. I did hours of research and the best idea I could come up with was to buy the fiio e5 for them. Anything else in the cheap price range that would help? the e5 is almost here. was the e5 a mistake or is the the last thing i should get or..

HD 555: specs

fiio e5: specs
post #2 of 31
Its a mistake as you get dual amplification and a, probably, pretty low-fi soundcard. I suggest getting a DAC/amp like the nuforce icon mobile or the D2+, bithead, to mke them sound a lot better
as well as removing the foam at the driver to open the soundstage.
post #3 of 31
Agree on the DAC option. Fii0 E5 is more an on-the-go option/compromise.
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Is the Nuforce Mobile Amplifier DAC?

All I want to do is listen to my sennheisers at their best within 100 dollars worth of accessories. I'm using the e5 to amp my 457's and it helps noticeably it gets way louder without sounding like crap.
post #5 of 31
Yes, the nuforce mobile is a dac/amp. You could also wait a month until Fiio releases their E7, which is a very pretty looking dac/amp. Headroom has the Total Bithead, but I think that's about $150.
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Well my e5 makes my hd 555's about 10-30% louder. When i turn the volume up too high on my e5 i begin to hear my headphones starting to clip, and the sound starts to cut out of one of the sides almost completely. Not sure if this is a defective pair or if it's the headphones ways of protecting themselves, but it always takes a random amount of time for the loudness to come back in both ears.

So if I had 100 dollars to spend on making my headphones sound better with my laptop, what should I get?

It's down to waiting for the e7 or springing for the nuforce.
I really just need some direction, I hate wasting money.
post #7 of 31
Nuforce has the uDAC coming out next month as well. Another cheap option is one of the usb dacs from HotAudio which go for around $50, though note that they do not have a battery and must be connected to your computer to work.
post #8 of 31
Audiophile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Please read that and tell me that you still want to throw the A word around while agonizing over spending a hundred bucks on audio.
post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
Wow okay, i'm a very frugal penny pincher, don't be a smart-Alec. I can be an audiophile to a certain degree. Just like someone can be a [insert derogatory term here] to a certain degree. That post didn't contribute at all, are the other 900 posts you have similar? I am an audiophile. 100 dollars is alot to me i'm only twenty and most of my money goes towards ganja to make the music sound even better. Kind of weird you would make such a big deal about it. I hope you weren't serious.
post #10 of 31
The other 900 are *way* worse.

'music lover' does not equal 'audiophile'. I'd like to see more of the former on Head-Fi, but obsession seems to go hand-in-hand with audio. Good luck.
post #11 of 31
Best bet really is to save up another 50 bucks and get the D2+. It's in an other league than the dacs under 100. If you can't though, the nuforce icon will do u just fine.

And yes, audiophiles are pretty much addicted to music. They're addicted to making it sound the best way possible, and therefore addicted and sometimes stupid, when buying new expensive gear. The really deep audiophiles listen to music 10 hours a day, and can get sucky to get in their listening chair, like smokers and drug addicts, want to smoke or pop pills.
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
I spend atleast 10 hours a day listening to music. Quality is everything. I'm an EQ/balance junky. I know an audiophile is significantly more than just addicted to music. I can't stand listening to music when it's being played any other way but optimally.

I think I will just save up and get the d2 because then when I upgrade headphones again I'll probably be set with the same amp still, right?

Could someone address the issue about my headphones cutting out and not coming back for a minute or two sometimes? I'm thinking it's a loose wire or something because I patted on my headphones and it flickered back on (once), could just be a coincidence though. The other times I have to just wait it out.

Can this fiio e5 put too much power to my cans and hurt them? I kinda get scared keeping the "volume" up so high on the fiio, but that's the best way to make my headphones come to life.
post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by justanotheraudiophile View Post
I spend atleast 10 hours a day listening to music. Quality is everything. I'm an EQ/balance junky. I know an audiophile is significantly more than just addicted to music. I can't stand listening to music when it's being played any other way but optimally.

I think I will just save up and get the d2 because then when I upgrade headphones again I'll probably be set with the same amp still, right?

Could someone address the issue about my headphones cutting out and not coming back for a minute or two sometimes? I'm thinking it's a loose wire or something because I patted on my headphones and it flickered back on (once), could just be a coincidence though. The other times I have to just wait it out.

Can this fiio e5 put too much power to my cans and hurt them? I kinda get scared keeping the "volume" up so high on the fiio, but that's the best way to make my headphones come to life.
I doubt that i can hurt anything, its pretty low on power and drivers are hard to cook. The only thing it will do at high volumes is to distort. Careful bout putting them directly into the wall outlet though. I did that with some old speakers. SHSHSHHSHSHSHSHHWWWOOFFFBANG!

And optimal for you system or optimal in general? Computer audio with a d2 and hd555 is far from optimal.
post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 
Optimal as in best technically possible for the situation. Man gotta watch what I say around here! LOL.


definition from google:

optimum: most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied;
The best, most favourable or desirable, especially under some restriction(my wallet)



for example a friends car listening to crappy radio and hearing the highs drowned out and bass sounds like CRAP, the stock door speakers producing low's. Not optimal
-as opposed to-
same situation but with headunit EQ tweaked + high pass filters on those ho'z. = optimal


So say I spent 150 on the d2, (please) guess at what percentage the quality would increase for my hd 555's? like 30% better? (compared to my cheapo e5
"amp")

So you are absolutely positive I cant mess up my hd 555's by pushing uneven signal/power to them from my e5?


OMG i enabled 24 bit on my soundcard and now everything sounds noticably better. I hear things in common music i've never heard before.( i hope its not just a placebo effect )
post #15 of 31

suggestions

sorry to chime into the thread, but i'm rather new and been lurking around and doing research. i'm pretty much getting a pair of hd428s in a week or so, but it'll be taking up quite a lot of my budget. so getting an amp which will make a difference to the sound will cost quite a lot ( apparently the puny e5 won't make much of difference? ) correct me if im wrong sorry. i've seen a lot running on d2+ and sorts, any other suggestions for my pair of headphones? or should i run on a cheaper pair of cans and spend more on an amp(not much though)?

yes, i'll be driving them off my itouch on flac :S
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