Ah right. I was thinking it might start distortion.
Joker said it had less bass than my AM800s, which I thought didn't have that much, which is why I wasn't so sure. When connected to my PC, they feel more bassy (although I realised I had the EQ which made more of a difference than I had thought)
Now that I've been sat here listening to them for a while, I think they're actually pretty good in a quiet room - and I hardly ever listen to them in a quiet room (mainly on my bike or in the school study room [which tends to get loud]) I'm not sure if it's placebo, but they do sound slightly better when connected to my PC, so I hope the new phone I'll be getting will be better than my current one.
(I've turned the volume up, and they are actually pretty great :P)
Well, there are a lot of factors that can affect the bass aside from the source's signature. Most phones have high output impedance, which will cause a bass roll off in something like the 16ohm am800. Also phones are made with low-power sound chips, so the output power is usually pretty low, especially android phones as most of them have a lot less power in that department than an iphone for instance and this can also affect the bass, in particular its control and impact. And yeah, while the a161p has pretty good bass for a single BA iem, the am800 has more. It's also good to mention that the a161p is more of a mid-forward iem unlike the V-shaped am800, which has emphasis on the bass and the treble, so with a161p you might also not like the soundstage size and the treble, which rolls off a bit early and is low on sparkle.
Edited by kova4a - 1/9/14 at 10:25am