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