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SoundMagic PL-30 + Fiio E5 vs. Brainwavs M1

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Which one is a better deal, the PL-30 with the amp at $45, or the M1's at $40? Note that I'm a bit of a basshead :P

 

And no, I can't get the M1's for $30, I'll be getting these in like, 3 months.

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

*Add  the Brainwavs Pro Alpha to that list.

post #3 of 8

pl 30 are a bit light on the bass. Also between M1 and pro alpha, although these two are similar, the alpha are more bass and fun centric.

 

I say go for the pro alpha.

 

Dont forget to check this must multi review threat by Joker

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-115-iems-compared-monster-miles-davis-tribute-added-10-17/1125#post_7053375


Edited by Angelopsaro - 11/12/10 at 8:25pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Just wondering, couldn't I up the bass with the amp? How good is the Fiio E5?

post #5 of 8

The E5 does have a bass boost, but it seems like it's actually a bass reducer.  That is, with bass boost on the bass level sounds a lot more like the source, and turning off bass boost seems just to throttle the original bass. 

 

Might be worth it to invest in a decent player, maybe something which could be rockboxed so you can mess around with the EQ.  I can't help but recommend the Clip+ (cheap, tiny, great SQ, rockboxable, etc.).  Incidentally, I thought that there was much better quality coming straight out of the Clip+ than by using the E5. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

New player is a negative. itouch is all I can have for right now :P

 

Could you recommend a good, cheap amp?

post #7 of 8

Actually maybe within the budget would be a CMOY amp, one with a bass booster.

 

For ex: http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=cmoy+bass&_sacat=See-All-Categories

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Those cost almost as much as the headphones!

 

Meh. I'll stick with the Pro Alphas for now...

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