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Best Amp to drive my HD 238

post #1 of 13
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Hi Head-fiers,

 

I would like your to ask for your suggestions. I'm researching for an amp that will best drive my newly bought HD 238. I fully broke them in and I can say that they are still lacking bass impact and soundstage. But, on the other hand, I find the mids crispier and the highs even more. Please help me if you have tried this little cans with an amp. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 13

I bought a Fiio E5 with the express purpose of amping my HD238 during portable use. The amp does a fine job at boosting the lower end without much loss of clarity. I've found that the bass becomes overbearing when amped through a more powerful source, however.

post #3 of 13

Using PA2V2 with my HD238.

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by jchrist View Post

I bought a Fiio E5 with the express purpose of amping my HD238 during portable use. The amp does a fine job at boosting the lower end without much loss of clarity. I've found that the bass becomes overbearing when amped through a more powerful source, however.



My source is Itouch 4g. Will there be a significant boost when amped using the itouch? I see you're using Cowon, I've read very good reviews from that source.

post #5 of 13

Well, perhaps that you are not alone, I am in a similar situation here, I just got 3 weeks ago my new gear. 

Ipod touch 4g 32gb + Fiio E5 + Fiio L1 LOD + Senn HD 238

 

Left the HD 238 playing pink noise for about two days  (with rest periods), right now they should have about 80 hours of burn in, so they must be done, right?

 

I also have a PX-100 and I feel like these  cans benefit much more from the E5 than the HD 238.

 

I was wondering if a CMOY amp would improve the sound over the E5 or not...  what do you think? Is it worth it?

 

Anyway, if you get an amp, make sure you get a LOD. :) 


Edited by ljperez84 - 11/22/10 at 8:49pm
post #6 of 13

Hows that working out for you?  I'm thinking of going this route for my hd238's too...

 

how's the effect on the bass and highs in particular?  sound any clearer?  sexy headphones no doubt, but i woulda expected more from $100 headphones, i'm hoping amping it will take it to another level.

 

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Using PA2V2 with my HD238.

post #7 of 13

wtf, my bad, I quoted someone in the above post.  Just puttin it out there cuz u know, kinda looks like the quote is actually my sig or something.   but its not.

post #8 of 13

Buy better headphones with the money instead.

post #9 of 13

No complain. It bring out bit of the low (slightly with more punch)and better clarity. Very gd battery life.
 

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Originally Posted by nastynice View Post

Hows that working out for you?  I'm thinking of going this route for my hd238's too...

 

how's the effect on the bass and highs in particular?  sound any clearer?  sexy headphones no doubt, but i woulda expected more from $100 headphones, i'm hoping amping it will take it to another level.

 

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Originally Posted by radonsg View Post

Using PA2V2 with my HD238.


 
post #10 of 13

Why don't you consider a FiiO E7 + the HD 238??

 

 

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Buy better headphones with the money instead.

Which headphones would be better than the 238s for a similar price???

 

post #11 of 13

What I'm saying is, if you're going to spend money on headphone gear, get good headphones first, otherwise, it's like putting lipstick on a pig. Better headphones = better sound quality.

post #12 of 13

I agree with Currawong. Amps can only do so much. If you don't like the sound of your headphones, get different ones. In this case, before spending the money on a Fiio E7 for driving your cheapish Sennheisers, better spend the money on better headphones. Amps are for making them louder or fine tuning the headphones that are 99% perfect.

post #13 of 13

 

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Amps can only do so much.

Various sites claim that amplifier damping, which is important for speaker amps, is irrelevant for phones. Suppose that it does matter for some phones, such as the on-ear, open-air types?  The HD238 is designed for portable players and is satisfactory with the Sansa Clip MP3 player.  However, just like some reviewers, I find the bass is resonant and the mids weak when amped. But I have one CD where the artist plays 6-string bass and it sounds good.. content matters.

 

Many amps require resistors in series with the phone jacks so that damping is impossible. Perhaps the HD238, and others like it, are meant only for buffered amps.

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