i have tried 2 higher end headphones in the $100 to $200 range. and they distort way to much. i would sometimes prefer to listen to i buds but i don't as they don't have any details whatsoever. is it that the higher end shure headphones. The srh750dj's and the srh840's need an amp. everyone says its easy to be ran out of an iPod. but the distortion makes me feel they require an amp. if i were to buy an amp would the distortion go away. i would love to hear all this wonderful quality everyone praises on hear. i'm starting to feel like any pair of headphones over $50 that have certain size drivers require an amp. though my pioneer se m390 sounds terrible in comparison it doesn't distort as much though it still does on certain frequencies. it seems to me to nice quality you must buy an amp and that will run another $100 for a cheap one and can even go up to around $400 for a good one or more. this will not do. i heard my friends Bose triport around ears and i thought they sounded great. i think you guys are to harsh on Bose especially when he got them for $150. they were impressive though if my shure srh840 didn't distort i would undoubtedly agree that it sounds much better. will a fiio e5 solve my problem or will i need a much more expensive amp. i feel to get the Bose quality and no distortion in the end you will spend the same price for both the amp and the headphones themselves. maybe getting Bose isn't such a bad idea. but i will definitely avoid beats as they sound absolutely terrible with the exception of the beats pros which i actually liked. yes they had very recessed mids but they didn't distort yet they were huge. why is this. perhaps we are a little harsh on these 2 brands. all i want is decent sound quality that sounds realistic and no noticeable distortion. distortion to me is very fatiguing.
any thoughts. i still love my srh840s but i feel maybe they are harder to drive then everyone describes on here. i think everyones definition of drivable out of an iPod or normal laptop is lots of details which i can assure you i get but a lot of the sound distorts. i don't know how people can monitor and make records with headphones that distort. it seems it would lead to very badly recorded albums.
thanks for your time.