Hi there, this may get people raving but I have a bold statement that may burst some bubbles. I have a both iPod Classic and a iPhone and currently own a Fiio E11, a iBasso PB2/DB2 setup and have had others prior to these - Now for the thing that bugs me: The reason i keep switching is that i don't seem to hear much difference with them or without them (not enough to lug half a kilo of hardware around anyway). Don't get me wrong, with the PB2 the sound gets slightly more crisp and precise and the soundstage gets slightly bigger, but on a blind test my accuracy on wether it was listening to the PB2 or the iPod was terrible. If you plan on using, say, a HE-6 the iBasso PB2 would be an obvious choice because its an absolute monster when it comes to power and voltage swing, but actual sound quality, resolution etc?
I'm having a hard tim justifying why i would want something like it for anything that the iPod could drive on its own.
I can see the point of for example the DB2 if you have a absolutely rubbish source but compared to my Macbook Unibody the sound improvement was again, almost unnoticeable. This is not a thrashing of iBasso, i love them - it a general thing for me with high quality amps, especially the portable ones, the actual SQ improvement is barely there, it just provides driving force, some may change the sound signature, like a tube amp of course, but thats something entirely different - Interesting but different.
Am I alone with this problem, or...?
I'm considering strongly to sell my iBasso rig and try something new again in the search for a point of an amp...Do you have any idea what to try? I'm primarely after a portable amp but a desktop amp in that price bracket may be of interest too...
For reference, here is a list of my gear:
Headphones it's going to drive:
Denon D7000 (Ebony Markl)
Grado HF2 (Bloodwoo/Ebony mushroom cups)
1964ears Quad Driver Custom IEM
iPod Classic + iPhone 4
A few of the Genres i listen to:
Metal/Hard Rock (From Rock to Death metal)
Electronic (Ambient, House, Electronica etc.)
World Music (Celtic etc.)
Any thoughts and recommendations are very very welcome...