Originally Posted by Very Legal
I think you are a little misinformed, every PMP thats not acts only as a transport have a amp built in to it also your clip. so basically all headphone out have a amp connected to it. the question is how good it is.
Well a amp is just a external factor, I'm not misinformed, I just base my knowledge on common thoughts shared (sound comes out of small player, it has to amplified before it reaches your phones) If a pmp has a better (lets call it) amp inside of it, I call it has more of a amp to it (meaning it amplifies better, or more)
In the case of a Sansa Clip, would have to have it on full volume to hear my Grados at a good volume (not loud, yet be able to listen to everything) to a Zune (because I use one) I can place it on 12, out of 30 for the same volume. Clip cannot amplify as well as a zune.
Take that to a higher quality pmp, like a cowon or hifiman, and they would be able to amplify a greater sq, as well as volume level.
Actually, every headphone needs an amp. There's another thread about this. Every digital audio player has an amplifier inside. Whether it's good or not to not need an external amp is up to you.
I really doubt that it would compete with the Hifimen in sound quality, with a flat EQ, but it'd be really nice if it could.
Now, i've never heard a hifiman, yet people never compare them with Cowon (maybe for a better reason)
Yet I'm the type of person who it's not the little, tiny, itsy, bitsy, that makes the music better, yet the entirety of the deal.
I'd rather buy a cowon and have a large amount of memory, usage, and portability then somehting i can only listen to high quality music to.
I listen to a lot of boot leg live shows and audition tapes, so a better player would just brighten and worsen those little mistakes.
Can we get back to the Cowon D3?
Is it coming out Jan 1st in the states? Probably on Ebay huh?