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How is this for a first rig?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I`ve been thinking about buying an amp and some decent IEMs, so this will be my first "good" rig.

 

Would this be a good start?

 

PA2V2 

LOD: http://cgi.ebay.com/IPOD-LINE-OUT-DOCK-LOD-HEADPHONE-AMP-SILVER-COPPER-/250728292396?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item3a6092202c

and Sennheiser CX6

 

My main source is the newest ipod (120gb). I listen mainly to classic rock, electronica and hard rock.

 

I`ve got around 400$

post #2 of 8
PA2V2 is the 1st portable amp for many ppl including myself.
Highly recommended for a 1st amp, affordable, long battery life & great support from Gary (lifetime warranty)
post #3 of 8

Sennheiser IE8, Fiio E11, Pure Cryo Dock.

post #4 of 8

Sansa Clip+ ($40), Fiio E11 ($70), DBA-02 ($150) = $260. Get a secondhand HD25-1 or HD580 for the remaining $140 and you've got enough sound to last you a LONG time. :) 

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well it seems like you have a good main source already so no worries there......you have an eye for an LOD already, no complaints there other than price. I really don't know how much an ipod LOD cost you, so you'll have to look around the forums to see if you can find a thread that talks about it. 

 

Now, here is the part that gets a little tricky, the amp and your IEMs. The amp that you listed seems really good for the price, but personally, since your budget is so high, i would just say go for an arrow amp 4g. It'll supply you with the power you need, it's ultrathin to meet the form factor of your ipod, and it'll be future proof to some degree. The downside of this all is that the arrow amp is 300 dollars, not exactly cheap by any means. However, it's value to performance is what keeps people raving about this little amp in the forums. Completely your pick since you'll be the one forking the bill but nevertheless you should have this little amp on your radar. 

 

For IEMs you really do have a wide range of IEMs to pick from. You can decide to get a cheap amp and better headphones or you can decide to get a future proof amp with cheaper headphones. It's all a matter of preference at that point because only you can decide how often you replace headphones or equipment. Regardless of if you get the 60 dollar amp or the arrow amp, i think the best IEMs you can start out with are the DBA-02. 

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Originally Posted by Negakinu View Post

Sansa Clip+ ($40), Fiio E11 ($70), DBA-02 ($150) = $260. Get a secondhand HD25-1 or HD580 for the remaining $140 and you've got enough sound to last you a LONG time. :) 



I would +1 this!

 

But get some Grados or Brainwavz

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all the responses :)

 

I have nothing decided yet, but now the plan is:

 

Cryo LOD

The AP2V2 ( I can`t seem to find a reputable seller for the Fiio E11 on ebay)

And the DBA 02. (can`t find a reputable seller either)


I live in Norway for all that matters.

 

Sansa clip+ I would consider, but I already have a sansa clip that I am not so fond of. It`s not the sound, but rather the interface and I`m having problems with rockboxing it and it won`t play FLAC sometimes.

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Originally Posted by ArtVandeley View Post

Thank you for all the responses :)

 

I have nothing decided yet, but now the plan is:

 

Cryo LOD

The AP2V2 ( I can`t seem to find a reputable seller for the Fiio E11 on ebay)

And the DBA 02. (can`t find a reputable seller either)


I live in Norway for all that matters.

 

Sansa clip+ I would consider, but I already have a sansa clip that I am not so fond of. It`s not the sound, but rather the interface and I`m having problems with rockboxing it and it won`t play FLAC sometimes.


a good thing to do before you order the amp is to cut out a little cardboard box model of the dimensions of the amp. Attach it to your ipod, put it in your pocket, and see if you really want to deal with the form factor. Like i said before, we can give you suggestions but only you can decide where your limit is on size and costs. My vote still goes for the arrow amp because i own it and i know that it'll fit your ipod's form factor perfectly

 

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