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Best bass boost amp to use with S:flo2 and Westone UM3X

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I am getting Nationite S:flo2 media player and Westone UM3X IEM as soon as possible. I would also like to buy an amp to go with. I would really like if it had bass boost option. I am considering these amps so far:

Practical devices XM5

Headstage Arrow

 

but couldn't really find how they pair with my combo.

 

Any suggestions are very welcome!

 

P.S. I want something more portable than Lisa III.

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 7

I suggest you try your sflo2/UM3X combo before you decide to get an amp. The sflo's headphone out is pretty darn powerful and the player has really good bass as-is. I have yet to use an amp with my sflo, because I don't see the need for one. Granted, mine are a little more lo-fi.

 

I've lately been using the rather demanding Sunrise AS-Charm with the the sflo a lot and it works just fine unamped.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

But you can't change volume if you are on line out.

post #4 of 7

That's why I'm using the headphone out.. :)

post #5 of 7

I would absolutely go with the arrow, before my re-molds, twag, and DIYmod, the stock ipod LO + Arrow + UM3X was awesome. The bass boost is very tight. Just a note, I found with the re-molds the bass goes very deep and is more than enough for me. Regardless, I really never used the bass boost because the UM3X's have pretty respectable bass levels stock.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the answer. As I understood you managed to get custom made tips for UM3X. I would really be interested to do that myself, but I live in Slovenia, Europe so I don't even know if I have an option...

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Originally Posted by sepinho View Post

I suggest you try your sflo2/UM3X combo before you decide to get an amp. The sflo's headphone out is pretty darn powerful and the player has really good bass as-is. I have yet to use an amp with my sflo, because I don't see the need for one. Granted, mine are a little more lo-fi.

 

I've lately been using the rather demanding Sunrise AS-Charm with the the sflo a lot and it works just fine unamped.

 

I second this - The Nationite sflo2  or Teclast T51 has enough power to drive HD650 - at full volume it is just a  little too loud for me, but its drives these 300 Ohms with a fairly dry sound, not much dynamics. When I use my Blox TM5, I cannot go anywhere near full volume and the dynamics are much much better. Sound was always crystal clear either way.

 

If you enable the EQ, you won't lose much quality, maybe 10db off the current S/N ration of 115! you will lose power though and driving say HD650 will not be loud enough, however HD650 hardly needs any EQ.

 

I was faced with the same decision and decided to buy a desktop amp instead of a portable amp to go with this device.


 

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