Originally Posted by venalitious
I think you've convinced me to buy them. I haven't really seen anything bad about them, and from what I've been reading while they don't have as much bass as the M50's its bass is more refined along with everything else on them.
Now my only problem is whether I buy a desktop amp or a portable amp first.
I'm thinking portable though.
Sorry I'm not in a position to give you any feedback on the HFI 580's.
Though I own the HFI 780's, and like them a lot, I've never listened to the 580's.
But you've mentioned more than once that you'll be buying from a dealer that accepts returns -
so if you're unhappy with the 580's after a week or so (obviously depends upon the specific dealers'
return policy - some give up to 30 days) - you can simply return them.
Or buy the 580 & ATH-M50 and return one of them. Or keep both, :)
Amps: IMHO you should buy a portable amp, at least for now.
With FLAC files, a good portable amp, and good headphones you can achieve very, very good sound.
It's startling at times.
So which amp?
Get the JDS Labs CMoy.
It sounds excellent, and it's inexpensive.
You'll have it in 2 days via Priority Mail.
You may be put off by the fact that it's housed in an
Altoids tin, but it does a fine job of protecting the innards -
and letting you change the (rechargeable) 9V battery easily.
OTOH, you may like the Altoids tin.
I think it sounds better than the Fiio E11, but I do carry an E11 with me.
because it's much more compact. To my ears, though, its' not as
smooth as the CMoy.
I also recommend you get in touch via email with Gary at Electric Avenues,
and pick up one (or two) of his great little retro amps @ 60. each.
A fine sounding, nicely put together amp. He ships from Canada and it
takes a couple of weeks for the amps to arrive in the States. But they
have a really nice warm sound that's a great listen - and it sounds
different than either the CMoy or E11. It's got a fatter, punchier sound
All 3 amps are just about the same price.