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portable amplifier, will it help?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

As you can see im new to the audiophile community and blah blah :S anyway

Like a standart noob and being a die hard Dr Dre fan for many years now, ive bought a year ago the beats by dr dre studio for about 230$  -.- y y i know .

Anyways a month or so ago i bought, after doin a bit of research, the sennheiser HD 598 wich i love more than my beats and all the other headphones i have bought untill today .

Not that i hate my beats of course but they are pretty overpriced , they are "good" headphones if they would cost 150$ or so .

To the question : While both headphones sound awesome on my pc , and they should cause my sound card costs 200$ , they sound pretty **** mediocre on my portable devices such as the iphone . So i did a research a bit and found those cheap but good for their money portable sound amplifiers . I found that the FiiO are very popular but i want to spend more money than 20$ .

Will buying the fiio e6

(http://www.trustedreviews.com/fiio-e6_Portable-Audio_review)

 

and a iphone LOD cable improve the sound quality of my headphones? or should i go for something a bit more expensive like the ibassoT3D

 

(http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/ibasso-t3d-portable-headphone-amplifier-in-grey-t3-digital-prodid-3853.html)

 

because i dont like the fact (sounds kinda racist) that the fiio company is 101% chinesse company.

 

The thing is that the beats have a built in amplifier and some said that it will sound even more harsh when adding it to an amplifier.

 

Thank you guys .

to preferr the flac.  files over the mp3's and it somehow began growing in me that i need some good pair of headphones too and so on. You know what im talking about :D

 

post #2 of 14

I would recommend selling your Beats first and buying a Sennheiser HD25-1 II or IEMs, then you'll really start jammin' while getting some decent isolation.  basshead.gif

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

selling my beats is a nice idea and those senni hd25 are on ear or over the ear? cause i hate on ear headphones . And answer my question first please

post #4 of 14

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no amp will transform the Beats into a good sounding headphone.  That saying about 10 pounds of fecal matter and a 5 pound bag applies here.

post #5 of 14

Wait, let me get this straight. You are considering the ibasso because you don't like the fact that fiio is 101% Chinese? Then you don't won't ibasso either because they are 102% Chinese. Anyway Madmax didn't directly answer your question, but did give you good advice. It's not worth it to put an amp on those headphones. Not even a budget amp. Will make them sound louder? Yes, but not better. There's nothing you can do to fix them. But the problem with selling them is, you are not going to get anywhere near what you paid for those. Once you walk out of the door with a new pair of beats, the value drops tremendously. I would just save up and get another pair entirely. There are a number of closed full sized cans that sound good straight out of a portable like the shure 840,940, AT m50, denon d2000, hd25, etc. And all of those also improves with amping in case you want to add one down the road. It's best to just consider the beats a loss and move on or you will be forever trying to improve them. Also comments like "answer my question first" will cause people not to want to help you. It's not good to ask for advice and not like it once you get it.


Edited by moodyrn - 9/10/11 at 4:01pm
post #6 of 14

HD25 is on-ear, so you will dislike it, lasonas93.  Poke around this thread, it is a good place to start looking for alternatives.


Edited by Mad Max - 9/10/11 at 3:15pm
post #7 of 14

To answer your original question, if they opund great on your PCbut crap on your iPod then an amp might certainly be helpful. The only way to find out is to try one out, so go for the E6. It's cheap and if it doesn't work then you haven't expended too much money. If it does work you can then look at getting something like iBasso later on?

 

As an aside, it's quite possible that you'll start spending so much time with your 598s that the beats will end up being relegated to the occasional use and that's the time to consider getting rid of them. As they are a cult device selling them would be no issue at all and might fund the HD25-1 IIs or better still, a better amp..

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

i will try the amp , and you might be right about the beats .

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

thanks , that thread was pretty complete and usefull

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

as i said i got them cheap , and the contition is like new , only one little almost invisible scratch on them , i would be happy if i took 70% back of what i paid. And you are right  about MadMax , i never use forums and i know my reaction was inappropriate.

As for the senni's hd 598 , should i keep them cause they truly amazed me , or is it because my ear is somewhat still un-trained and the headphones will get mediocre in time?

Thanks again

post #11 of 14

They're your ears and what sounds good to you is what matters. The 598s have a very good rep so maybe they're a keeper.

post #12 of 14

Welcome to audiophile world, glad that you find beats are overpriced headphone. :)

 

Just to warn you, LOD cable just itself will cost you about $200. :o

post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

Welcome to audiophile world, glad that you find beats are overpriced headphone. :)

 

Just to warn you, LOD cable just itself will cost you about $200. :o

 

Why should a LOD cable cost 200? Something like the fiio L7 shouldn't cost more than $20.
 

 

post #14 of 14

 

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Originally Posted by Arbite View Post


Why should a LOD cable cost 200? Something like the fiio L7 shouldn't cost more than $20.


Just because it can.  Whether you splurge on it or not is entirely up to you.  =X

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